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Jennifer Gratz is a modern-day civil rights leader.

In 1997 she challenged race preferences (also known as affirmative action) at the University of Michigan and was victorious at the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Gratz was the lead plaintiff in the landmark case Gratz v. Bollinger which challenged affirmative action at the University of Michigan. In 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ms. Gratz was discriminated against and U-Ms admission policy was unconstitutional. However, in a companion case, (Grutter v. Bollinger), the Supreme Court allowed race preferences to continue at U-Ms law school. Ms. Gratz called the split decision flawed and continued the fight for equality. She spearheaded the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), a state constitutional amendment that made race and gender preferences unconstitutional in public education, employment and contracting. In 2006, Michigan voters approved MCRI by a 16-point landslide. In the years following the Michigan victory, Jennifer continued to work to end programs that grant preferential treatment. Because of Ms. Gratzs leadership, four states have joined CA, WA, FL and MI in ending race and gender preferences (NE, AZ, NH, OK). In 2012, Ms. Gratz co-founded the XIV Foundation (XIV), named after the 14th amendment, which is dedicated to teaching the personal and societal advantages of fair and equal treatment. Ms. Gratzs story and work have been featured in every major media outlet Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Dateline, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, LA Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, National Review, US News and World Report, Newsweek, Time Magazine, People Magazine, and many more. Ms. Gratz was honored at CPAC with the prestigious Ronald Reagan Award from the American Conservative Union. Recently, Ms. Gratz and her husband opened a small business in an over-regulated industry. Her Fort Myers, FL based microbrewery has been very successful despite government impediments.

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