Although best known for her advocacy for gender equality and reproductive justice, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career for the past decade to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice concerns including LGBTQ rights, worker rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Her work has been honored by the American Federation of Teachers, the American Constitution Society, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the National Partnership for Women and Families, Planned Parenthood, and the Women's Campaign Fund.
She gained national attention in February, 2012, when House Republicans prohibited her from testifying on a question of women's health, hearing only from a panel of men. She did testify before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the importance of women's own private insurance covering contraception. She supported President Obama's re-election campaign, addressed the Democratic National Convention, and has helped elect over a dozen progressive candidates to Congress. Continuing her public advocacy, she speaks to audiences across the country, pursues legislative policy work in Sacramento, California, and Washington, D.C., and offers pro bono representation of victims of human trafficking. Currently, Fluke is a candidate for California State Senate District 26.
She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a public interest law scholar. In 2003, she received a BS degree from Cornell University with a double major in policy analysis and management and in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Mr. President.