National Women's Law Center
The National Women's Law Center was founded in 1972 as a non-profit advocacy organization working to advance the progress of women, girls, and families with emphasis on employment, education, reproductive rights and health, and family issues. The Center has been at the forefront of the major legal and public policy initiatives in this country to improve the lives of women: educating state, local, and federal policy-makers as well as members of the public about critical women's issues; building and leading coalitions; litigating ground-breaking cases and informing landmark Supreme Court decisions. The Center is a sponsor of human rights, helping to resonate women's voices through the minds of public policy-makers, advocates, and the public alike.
Principal StaffNancy Duff Campbell, Founder and Co-President
Marcia Greenberger, Founder and Co-President
Nancy Boyd, Executive Assistant
Emily Martin, Vice President
Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment
Neena Chaudhry, Senior Counsel
Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate
Holly Hemphill, Senior Counsel
Lara S. Kaufmann, Senior Counsel
Dina Lassow, Senior Counsel
Kavitha Sivashanker, Fellow
Harvey Zuckerman, Senior Law Fellow
Joan Entmacher, Vice President and Director of Family Economic Security
Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy
Jessica Heaven, Fellow
Holly Hemphill, Senior Counsel
Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel
Valerie Norton, Fellow
Regina L. Oldak, Senior Counsel
Rachel Peck, Fellow
Amy Quinn, Senior Policy Analyst
Caroline Rogus, Law Fellow
Rio Romero, Program Assistant
Karen Schulman, Senior Policy Analyst
Judy Waxman, Vice President of Health and Reproductive Rights
Micole Allekotte, Fellow
Gretchen Borchelt, Senior Counsel
Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel
Brigette Courtot, Senior Health Policy Analyst
Kelli Garcia, Fellow
Julia Kaye, Health Policy Associate
Dina Lassow, Senior Counsel
Grace Lesser, Program Assistant
Jill Morrison, Senior Counsel
Jenifer Rajkumar, Fellow
Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel
Steph Sterling, Director of Government Relations and Senior Advisor
Karen Schneider, Senior Communications and Marketing Executive
Lisa M. LeMair, Art Director
Andrea Maruniak, Program Assistant
Nicole Oxendine, Director of Outreach
Maria Patrick, Media Director
Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager
Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager
Thao Nguyen, Outreach Manager
Megan Tackney, Program Associate
Kristin Robinson, Vice President of Development
Nancy Delahoyd, Director of Annual Giving
Kathryn A. Dixon, Manager of Foundation Relations
Carolyn Lisbon, Development Associate
Jodi Michael, Director of Foundation Relations
Katharine Potts-Dupre, Development Associate
Carolyn Rutsch, Manager of Foundation Relations
Betty Thomas, Vice President
Ayo Abraham, Controller
Patricia Byrams, Receptionist/Secretary
Daris Coleman, Director of Finance
Angela Day, Office Assistant
Julie Kemerer, Program Associate
Lakisha Matthews, Accounting Associate
Gloria Moses, Director of Human Resources / Administration
Areas of Expertise:Access & Disparities, Awareness & Education, Economic Development & Microfinance, Employment & Unemployment, Family & Society, Population & Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Health, Economic Development & Security, Education & Education Reform, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality
Projects & Campaigns
The Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy. The Center has formed a partnership with the Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy to foster better collaboration between the organizations when addressing the needs of low-income fathers and mothers on child support and related family law issues.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant ( CCDBG) and Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC). The Center appeals for the expansion of both the CCDBG and the DCTC which would better assist low-income families with their child care needs. The current Senate CCDBG and DCTC proposals offer relief for some low-income families, not affecting those between 133% and 202% of the poverty line. The Center's expansion proposal would support these poverty stricken families.
Women and Bankruptcy. The Center is currently fighting the S. 625 bill which if passed, would intensify the adversity facing women who file for bankruptcy, making the filing process more complex than ever before. Over 500,000 women were expected to file for bankruptcy in 1999, making bankruptcy a central issue challenging many of today's contemporary women.
Title IX. The Center is working to uncover and reconcile the injustices that accompany the Title IX compliance. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination on every level. Most often, Title IX is exercised within academic walls, requiring an equal distribution of women and men's organizations. On the collegiate front, Title IX has been used to more fully develop female athletic programs. Still, there is room for improvement. Most women's athletic teams are experiencing a unevenly distributed finances, receiving one dollar for every three dollars spent on their male counterparts.
Women's Health Report Card. The Center has extended a new partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Medical School's program on women's health to develop a Women's Health Report Card. The Report Card documents the happenings in public policy addressing local and national women's health issues, keeping the public informed of public policy.
Women and Social Security Reform. The Center is working to strengthen the current social security system, which was implemented to specifically benefit the elderly. Since statistically, women usually live longer than men, social security seems to benefit more women than men. That the system remains strong, is an important issues for the women's movement.
Reports & Resources
Be All That We Can Be: Lessons from the Military for Improving our Nation's Child Care System. This report tells the story of the military's success in transforming its child care system into a model for the nation and offers valuable lessons for policy makers and others on how similar improvements can be made in civilian child care. To view or download a copy of this report, visit the Child Care section of this site.
Making Care Less Taxing: Improving State Child and Dependent Care Tax Provisions. Geared toward state policymakers and advocates, this report analyzes and provides recommendations on ways to improve state tax assistance for child and dependent care.
Making Ends Meet: A Woman's Guide to Collecting Child Support. This is a convenient brochure that provides women with an overview of their child support rights and information on how to exercise those rights through state child support offices. To view or download a copy of this brochure, visit the Child and Family Support section of this site.
Como Hacer Alcanzar El Dinero: Guia de la Mujer el Cobro de P
ensiones de Manutencion Infantil. This is a convenient Spanish-language brochure that provides women with an overview of their child support rights and information on how to exercise those rights through state child support offices. To view or download a copy of this brochure, visit the Child and Family Support section of this site.
Hospital Mergers and the Threat to Women's Reproductive Health Services: Using Antitrust Laws to Fight Back. A first-of-its-kind resource guide, this publication is designed to provide health care advocates and others seeking to preserve access to reproductive health services with an understanding of how to use the nation's antitrust laws to challenge proposed hospital mergers that threaten to reduce or eliminate these services.
Putting the Law on Your Side: A Guide for Women and Girls to Equal Opportunity in Career Education and Job Training. For girls in middle or high school, or women in post-secondary or job training programs, this publication explains the laws that apply to career education and offers advice about how to deal with sex discrimination in such programs.
Sports and Fitness
Breaking Down Barriers: A Legal Guide to Title IX. This detailed guide includes comprehensive analyses of Title IX's legislative history and regulatory framework as it relates to athletics, as well as settlement agreements and other legal issues.
Righting the Wrongs: A Legal Guide to Understanding, Addressing, and Preventing Sexual Harassment in Schools. Directed at attorneys and advocates, this manual focuses on sexual harassment of students and the legal obligations placed on schools to address it.
Do the Right Thing: Understanding, Addressing, and Preventing Sexual Harassment in Schools. Designed for teachers, parents, and other non-lawyer types, this manual focuses on sexual harassment of students and the legal obligations placed on schools to address it.
***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 24th***
Affordable Care Act at 1: Being a Woman is No Longer Considered a “Pre-Existing Condition”
Women’s Groups Leading Series of Events in States, Netroots Action Tomorrow Highlighting How the Affordable Care Act Is Working to Improve Women’s Health
Washington DC – As this week marks the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, women’s groups will host a series of events in six states, netroots activity, and a national webinar to celebrate what the new health law means for women.
The schedule of activity taking place on Thursday, March 24th includes:
- Events taking place in Washington, DC; Denver, CO; Tampa, FL; Des Moines, IA (with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin); Raleigh, NC; Albany, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Montpelier, VT, and local women telling their stories of how the Affordable Care Act is working for them.
- Over 25 organizations will participate in a national webinar at 1:00 PM EDT about how the law benefits women. The webinar will feature special White House guests:
Melody Barnes, the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Domestic Policy Advisor to the President;
Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy
Click here for more details: http://action.nwlc.org/acawebinar
- Webinar at 3:00 PM EDT for small business women co-hosted by National Women’s Law Center, Small Business Majority, MomsRising, and National Partnership for Women and Families. Click here for more details: http://bit.ly/gqTA75
- Webinar at 12:30 PM EDT for doctors about how the health care law is benefiting women with the National Physicians Alliance and the National Women’s Law Center. Click here for more details: http://bit.ly/gY08g5
- MomsRising and National Women’s Law Center will conduct a 24 hour blog-a-thon (starting on the 23rd and ending on the evening of the 24th).
- Coordinated email blasts with women’s organizations asking leaders to protect women’s health by keeping the health care law strong.
- Coordinated Facebook updates and tweets by women’s organizations about how women are benefiting from the health care law.
Women’s organizations participating in the effort include: Advancing Women’s Health Initiative, American College of Nurse Midwives, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Women’s Association, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Childbirth Connection, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Ibis Reproductive Health, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform, MomsRising, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, 9 to 5 the National Association of Working Women, National Coalition for LGBT Health, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council for Research on Women, National Council of Women’s Organizations, National Health Law Program, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Physicians Alliance Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Older Women’s League, Raising Women’s Voices, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, and Women Heart.
This activity is coinciding with nearly 200 other events taking place across the country this week with seniors, small businesses and young people coming together to explain how they are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act now and to highlight what is at stake as opponents of the law work through Congress and the courts to repeal or overturn the law and put insurance companies back in charge of health care decisions for America’s families. Each event will demonstrate that now is the time to protect our care from those who would take away protections against pre-existing condition exclusions, prescription drug cost reductions, and expanded coverage for children, young adults and women.
Passage of the Affordable Care Act marked a new phase for women’s health in America. No more being charged higher premiums just because of her gender. No more being branded a pre-existing condition because of her Caesarean section or because she was the victim of domestic violence.
- The Affordable Care Act ends unconscionable insurance company practices against women. Insurers will no longer be able to charge women higher premiums than men or drop women and their families from coverage if they get sick.
- New security for essential care, such as maternity care. All new health plans will be required to cover health services important for women such as maternity care, newborn care and prescription drug benefits. A report in 2009 showed that only 13 percent of health plans sold in the individual health insurance market included maternity care.
- No more co-pays for preventive services, such as mammograms. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans joining a new health plan or Medicare beneficiaries can receive recommended preventive services without a co-pay, deductible or any other out-of-pocket expense – covering services like mammograms, new baby care and well-child visits.
National Women's Law Center (NWLC) Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger is expected to testify later today in support of the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, saying that her "remarkable legal record" demonstrates that she would take an "open-minded" and "scrupulously fair" approach to legal questions before the Court.
We are joining with dozens of other organizations to stand up for and strengthen our nation's Social Security system.
The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that has not yet ratified the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We need President Obama to send a strong and urgent signal to the Senate that ratification of CEDAW this year is vital.
On June 23, the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee voted to approve appropriations for YoungStar, a QRIS that will rank child care programs on a scale of one to five stars based on a 40-point quality indicator system.
In the next week, the Senate will vote on a bill that extends for six months increased federal funds for Medicaid known as FMAP-the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage-which is basically the funding that states get for the federal share of Medicaid.
The last time we checked, our economy hasn't fully rebounded, state budgets are still in dire straits, and too many families are living from paycheck to paycheck - if they are lucky enough to have a paycheck at all, and the health of too many families is at risk.
A New York Times article recently highlighted the difficult choice many mothers in the U.S. are facing. As the recession persists and states make steep budget cuts, child care assistance programs may be among the many crucial programs affected.
The College Sports Council (CSC) released a study last week claiming that Title IX has hurt men's soccer.
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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The National Women’s Law Center is seeking a college graduate with excellent quantitative, research, and communications skills and relevant experience for a one-year paid public policy fellowship starting September 2010 in its Family Economic Security and Education and Employment programs.
The Center will consider applications from lawyers who are available for a sustained period of time, whether through a law firm program or a fellowship program sponsored by an organization such as Equal Justice Works or Georgetown’s Women’s Law and Public Policy, or who are otherwise interested in supporting the Center’s work on a volunteer basis.
The Education and Employment program of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) is looking for a lawyer who is available for at least six months, whether through a law firm program or a fellowship program sponsored by an organization such as Equal Justice Works or Georgetown’s Women’s Law and Public Policy, or who is otherwise interested in supporting the Center’s work on a volunteer basis.
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) seeks an energetic, detail-oriented intern with an interest in media and public policy to provide support to NWLC’s Communications department. The intern would work with Communications staff on media monitoring and analysis, maintaining press lists and expanding social networking.
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) seeks an energetic, detail-oriented intern to provide support to NWLC’s Outreach team. The intern’s responsibilities would focus on social networking and blog outreach.
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) seeks an energetic, detail-oriented intern to provide support to NWLC’s Outreach team.
Watch NWLC's challenge for women to make their voices heard in the Health Care Reform debate.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.