November 2, 2019

What Abortion Actually Is About

I’m going to be frank: I’m sick and tired of having to justify why we need to be able to get an abortion. I’m tired of the constant reasons we need to give and soul-baring we need to

April 2, 2020

Even Before the Pandemic, Women in Front-Line Jobs Were in Crisis

At NWLC, the millions of women on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly on our minds. There are women who have struggled to get by as restaurant servers and bartenders, fast food workers

April 1, 2020

Why Would the IRS Make It Harder for People to Get Recovery Rebates?

The recovery rebates in the CARES Act (aka the third COVID-19 bill passed by Congress last week) provide direct payments to households. It’s not too controversial of a statement to say that it’s critically important to get cash in the hands of

March 30, 2020

The Wage Gap Has Made Things Worse for Women on the Front Lines of COVID-19

March 31 is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how far women have to work this year to catch up to what men made last year. Women working full time, year round are typically paid only 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, which adds up to

March 27, 2020

Universal Child Care: We’ve Done It Before, And We Can Do It Again

As one of our nation’s most iconic symbols of women’s empowerment, Rosie the Riveter has captivated hearts and minds for decades. But, as we teach and learn more about Rosie’s legacy this Women’s History Month, there is one fundamental part of her narrative that we

December 5, 2019

Here’s Why We Won’t Clap for Every Woman in Leadership: On the Confirmation of Extremist Sarah Pitlyk

Madeline Albright famously said, “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” While supporting women leadership is important, it’s equally important to call-out behavior that is harmful to women, even if

March 25, 2020

Peak Patriarchy: The Federal Government Plans to Give More Money to Boeing Than the Entire Child Care Industry

“Unfortunately, because of this lost revenue, we will be forced to lay off our teachers and staff after the end of our current pay period (March 28th). This is not a decision we make lightly…”  This

March 24, 2020

House COVID-19 Stimulus Package Points the Way Forward on Direct Payments

The Senate continues to negotiate a third COVID-19 relief package, with the hope of finalizing language today. Yesterday, House Democrats introduced their proposal, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act. This legislation makes significant improvements to emergency paid sick time and family and medical leave protections, boosts Unemployment Insurance benefits, and

March 20, 2020

Protecting Front-Line Workers During COVID-19: OSHA and More

Who are some of the COVID-19 first responders most in danger of infection and in need of increased workplace protection right now? Largely women working as health care workers, like nurses, as well as home health aides who tend to elderly or sick patients. According to the Bureau of

March 20, 2020

Leaving Out the People Struggling the Most Is A Bad Approach to Economic Stimulus

We’re watching the potentially disastrous economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis begin. People are being laid off, with restaurant and retail workers taking a particularly hard hit, along with child care providers. Workers who were already

March 20, 2020

A Sick Plot in the Midst of a Plague: McConnell Tucks DeVos Power Grab Into COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Thanks to COVID-19, many parents at home with their children are finding new respect for public schools and the educators that make them run. All week, I’ve heard from frazzled friends and co-workers who are anxiously awaiting next week when DCPS

March 20, 2020

Update: Responses to Coronavirus–Women and Families Need More

I want to start by thanking all the health care workers, homeless shelter workers, child care providers, workers and volunteers feeding the country, and everyone risking their health working to mitigate the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. I hope you know how

March 18, 2020

Why Our Lawsuit to Protect Workers’ Civil Rights Means Defending a Trump Agency

Today, National Women’s Law Center filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that tech giant Oracle brought against the US Department of Labor (DOL) and its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). OFCCP enforces the civil

March 17, 2020

Keeping Trans Athletes Off the Start Line Will Not Fix Girls’ Sports

Update: On March 30th, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed these bills into law. Yesterday, the Idaho Senate passed a bill that would ban trans athletes from competing in high school and college sports. Supporters of this illegal and discriminatory bill claim that