We Heart: The Poussey Washington Fund Fighting for Women in Prison

The Netflix show “Orange Is The New Black “released it’s seventh and final season this week—but the creative team behind the hit series made sure its legacy would endure by establishing the Poussey Washington Fund to take on the injustices still present in our criminal justice system.

“Poussey Washington may have been a fictional character created for television,” the coalition wrote on their crowdfunding page, “but her life’s story and devastating fate is all too real for many women in this country.”

The fund, named after the beloved OITNB character, will fuel the work of eight existing non-profit organizations—A New Way of Life, the Anti Recidivism Coalition, the College & Community Fellowship, Freedom For Immigrants, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, the National Council for the Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Woman and Girls, the unPrison Project and the Women’s Prison Association—to advance criminal justice and policy reform.

“‘Orange is the New Black’ fearlessly tackled women’s issues through seven seasons,” Netflix wrote in a press release, “and will continue to do so with the Poussey Washington Fund.” With over 730 donations already received, there is little doubt that the show’s groundbreaking legacy will live on.


Ali Marsh is an editorial intern at Ms. Magazine in Los Angeles. A rising senior at American University, Ali is majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a double minor in Justice and Studio Art. She is a self-published author of a writing/film photo book based off her six months of solo backpacking across Europe. She was one of the focuses of a Vice documentary series about inspirational women, and her activism has led her to be featured in Time Magazine, i-D, New York Times, Quartz, LadyGunn, Topshop and more. She is known for her frequent live streams on Instagram where she discusses politics and current events. You can find her here Instagram