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

January 21, 2021

Fired for Fighting Racism: NWLC Leads Amicus Brief in Support of Employee at Religious School

In January 2021, NWLC, alongside our law firm partner Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and 37 other organizations, filed an amicus brief in the 10th Circuit, making clear that religious employers cannot unilaterally strip workers of

January 15, 2021

Critical Help for Women and Families: What You Need to Know About the Tax Credit Expansions in Biden’s Proposed COVID Relief Plan

We are now in 2021, in the 11th month of a devastating pandemic and economic crisis that has disproportionately harmed women of color (and women overall), but women and families still have not received the help they need. Women of color especially continue to

December 21, 2020

Here’s What We Learned From Survivors Coming Forward to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

Three years ago, the hashtag #MeToo went viral and fueled a cultural reckoning leading millions of people to disclose sexual harassment and assault, many for the very first time. The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund emerged

December 21, 2020

NWLC Leads Amicus Brief Against Idaho Law That Targets Trans Women and Girls and Harms All Female Students

The National Women’s Law Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Hogan Lovells, and 60 additional organizations committed to racial and gender justice and LGBTQ rights, filed an amicus brief in Hecox v. Little, a case

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

December 17, 2020

For the Movement: Justice & Joy in 2020

In a year that will forever be measured by the simple fact that we survived, the Law Center surged, pivoted, innovated, and zoomed our way to change for women and girls. Whether leading the fight for COVID relief, launching groundbreaking

December 17, 2020

For the Culture: Justice & Joy in 2020

It feels like years since I saw memes and tweets about entering the new year and decade with “20/20 vision,” but no one saw this year coming. There is no silver lining we can paint to alleviate the

December 16, 2020

Will Democracy Keep Black Girls Safe?: The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act

Police were first stationed in U.S. schools was around 1948, to intimidate Black students who integrated what were once all-white schools. Unfortunately, school-based police still play a similar role today. The increase of police officers placed in schools these last 70 years has led to higher rates of arrests for normal, childlike behavior, not for criminal activity. In 2019, the FBI released data showing nearly 30,000 children under the age

December 3, 2020

Will Democracy Keep Black Girls Safe?: The Ending PUSHOUT Act

The Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (PUSHOUT) Act, H.R. 5325, was introduced in the House of Representatives on December 1, 2019 by Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Ilhan Omar to address discriminatory

December 3, 2020

In 2020, Black Women Kept Democracy Safe, but Will Democracy Keep Black Girls Safe? A Series on Creating Better, Safer Schools for Girls of Color

By November 7, 2020, it became clear that we owed the 2020 election to Black women across the country, like Stacey Abrams, Latosha Brown, and the 91% of Black women who voted for Joe Biden—many of whom began working well before November 3 to organize their communities, protect

November 19, 2020

Celebrating the Wins: A Reminder the ACA Is Working

Let’s play a quick game. What do you think about first when you hear/read the words “The Affordable Care Act” (ACA)? If you’re like me you picture former President Barack Obama, and the wrangling he encountered

November 19, 2020

As Holidays Approach, More Black Women and Latinas Are Going Hungry

As a mom, food is my love language. I remember giving my three-year old son apple slices (many, many years ago) and feeling like I was literally giving his little cells fuel to grow a strong and healthy body. When I make my kids lopsided birthday cakes, I am celebrating the sweetness of life through a shared treat. During the pandemic, I can’t help that my

November 16, 2020

New NWLC Resource Makes the Case for Preserving Gender-Conscious Programs on College Campuses

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender inequities in various arenas:  Women, particularly Black and Latina women, are leaving the workforce at devasting and unprecedented rates.   At a time where women hold two–thirds of student debt, the President and Senate Republicans have walked away from stimulus