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
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.
A congressional briefing to release the findings of a major new poll showing that a majority of Americans believe the government should play a larger role in shaping our economy and creating jobs.
President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens as an Associate Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court.
(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today praised Solicitor General Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S Supreme Court, as “an exceptionally qualified” person who is known for fair-mindedness and possesses considerable legal skills. If confirmed, Solicitor General Kagan would fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
Washington, DC – January 20, 2010 The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“Reports of the death of healthcare reform are greatly exaggerated."
“The key reason why health reform is not dead—and cannot be dead—is that the 31 million plus reasons why we need health reform did not disappear with yesterday’s news of the Massachusetts Senatorial election. The problems of a dearth of affordable health care, rampant insurance discrimination, gender rating, and insurance coverage that doesn’t meet the needs of women are still here."
“For women, the reasons why the healthcare reform fight must continue are particularly acute. Insurance discrimination for women with pre-existing conditions, like Chris Turner is still here. Turner couldn’t get health insurance at any price because she had received treatment as a sexual assault survivor."
“Skimpy or non-existent maternity coverage, like Sarah Wildman faced, is still here. Wildman spent $22,000 on the birth of her baby due to her insufficient health coverage."
“A woman like Peggy Robertson can still be denied coverage for having had a C-section. And Karen Harriman, a small business owner with an almost entirely female workforce, will still pay more to insure her employees simply because they are women. These practices must stop."
“Make no mistake, we remain determined. While yesterday’s election results may have been a surprise, an even bigger surprise awaits those who would say that health reform is dead. The fight for health reform is far from over."
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com.
Video to mobilize Americans to call on Congress to pass legislation that includes insurance coverage for abortion care
Washington, DC – January 7, 2010 – Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a new video on the extreme restrictions on abortion coverage in pending legislation as part of its public awareness campaign addressing health care reform, “Being a Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition.”
The video is a call to action to those who value women’s health to fight efforts by U.S. Rep. Stupak (D-MI), Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and others who want to take away women’s abortion coverage in the new health insurance marketplace. The video calls on Americans to urge their Senators and Representatives to protect women’s health and access to reproductive health care including abortion care in the final health care bill.
The aim of Stupak and his supporters is to prevent women from using their own personal funds to purchase an insurance plan that includes abortion coverage in the new health insurance exchanges—taking away essential coverage that most insurance plans provide today. The Senate provision authored by Senator Nelson also contains an unworkable and unfair approach to abortion coverage by imposing arbitrary and burdensome hurdles to secure access to abortion care.
“Women’s reproductive health care needs must not be used as a pawn in the effort to pass health care reform – period,” said NWLC Co-President Marcia Greenberger. “Through this video and our campaign, NWLC is mobilizing Americans to urge their Members of Congress not to take away coverage for abortion care that women currently have.”
The video features footage of Stupak discussing his amendment to restrict abortion coverage with “translations” pointing out his real impact such as “I can’t repeal Roe v. Wade, but I can do the next best thing: get rid of abortion coverage in health care reform” and “It should be impossible for anyone to get insurance that covers abortion.” The video calls on viewers to tell Congress to pass health care reform that works for women—including coverage of abortion.
The video, found at www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com, will be circulated widely through social media networks and paid online media. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com.
The video, found at www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com, will be circulated widely through social media networks and paid online media.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com.
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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.