July 4, 2022
By Murtuza Merchant
Soon after the Supreme Court’s leaked initial draft majority opinion to overturn precedents of Roe v. Wade came out on May 2, NFT artist Molly Dickson decided to take action.
She created a 10,000-piece NFT collection to raise funds to support abortion rights groups across the US.
COWGIRLDAO, a charitable arm of Computer COWGIRLs, which Dickson established, partnered with blockchain-based non-profit organization Endaoment to donate a total of $3 million of NFT sales when they’ll have been fully minted.
“As an artist being in the space, I was surprised how neutral Web3 is. I think even in the last few days, we’re really starting to see a lot more support,” Dickson said.
“I think we’re seeing like less neutrality [in Web3] in the last few days, which I think it’s great because there’s so much potential for Web3 to be an additional level of fundraising beyond what we have already,” she added.
The DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) has about 200 voting members who are Bad Habits Pack collectors, according to Dickson. Each member can vote to decide which organization will receive funds.
The prices of the collection range between 0.03 ETH and 0.9 ETH, and 100% of the proceeds from this series are received by Endaoment, which will be allocated to organizations supporting reproductive rights, while 1.5% is kept by Endaoment.
Computer COWGIRLs: From local to national push
Dickson first launched her genesis collection Computer COWGIRLs in response to the restrictive Texas abortion ban in February. The proceeds from the first collection, which totaled nearly $30,000, were donated to Fund Texas Choice.
Following the Supreme Court’s leaked draft, the Texas-native and COWGIRLDAO started amid a national push as she launched the second collection, titled “FUCK YOU.” The first donation of over $27,000 was sent to the Roe Fund in Oklahoma before the Supreme Court published its decision on June 24.
“Oklahoma had passed the most restrictive abortion ban at that time so we kind of went all in for Oklahoma especially because we anticipated being able to raise money in chunks like that instead of spreading it out,” Dickson said, noting that COWGIRLDAO has pivoted its strategy along alongside the evolving legal landscape.