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Our History

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) welcomes you to a quick trip through history with a snapshot of how we’ve been turning anger into action for 50 years.

Since 1972, NWLC has given a voice to women’s rage—turning hurried whispers into desperate shouts, and finally, into a rallying cry for justice and change.

Our leadership has fueled a vision—and solutions—for laws, policies, and a societal culture that center gender justice values.

Celebrating Our Legacy, Defining Our Future

“What is often called exceptional ability is nothing more than persistent endeavor.”

—Pauli Murray, Civil Rights Activist

For over half a century, the National Women’s Law Center has been nothing if not persistent.

Title IX protections. Child care supports. Reproductive freedom. Workplace equity and equality.

Against exceptional obstacles, and with exceptional success, we’ve fought persistently for those rights and many more—slowly chipping away at a system determined to make women feel less than.

We are more than enough, and we are just getting started. As we look toward the next 50 years, we recommit to relentlessly pursuing justice for her, and justice for all.