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

October 15, 2021

Sexual Assault by Police Is a Systemic Problem That Demands a Systemic Remedy

On October 14, 2021, NWLC, along with our partners The Roderick & Solange Macarthur Justice Center and Women’s Law Project, filed an amicus brief from six organizations committed to gender justice and government accountability to the Montana Supreme Court in support of L.B.

October 15, 2021

Why Aren’t You Watching Women’s Soccer?

Are you a sports fan? Yes? Are you a soccer fan? Well, do you watch women’s soccer? Why not?  It’s a question I’ve asked myself a few times over the last two years. Like many people, I started watching women’s soccer in earnest

October 15, 2021

Fighting for Survivors, Four Years After #MeToo

Four years ago, #MeToo went viral, lifting up the work of survivor-advocate Tarana Burke. At that time, actors came forward revealing repeated sexual assaults by Harvey Weinstein. Alianza Nacional de Campesinas reached out to the actors with a letter of support that discussed the prevalence of sexual harassment in

October 14, 2021

NWLC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Trans-Inclusive Student Athletic Policy

On October 14, 2021, the National Women’s Law Center, along with our law firm partner Hogan Lovells LLP and 34 additional organizations committed to gender justice, submitted an amicus brief to the Second Circuit in Soule v. CIAC in support of trans-inclusive student athletic

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

October 12, 2021

Why Asking About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Not Enough

In August 2021, 36.6% of LGBTQ adults were in household that had difficulty paying for household expenses. The LGBTQ community faces greater economic hardship, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, income gaps, and food insecurity compared to the general

October 7, 2021

Three Years After Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation, We’re Still Searching for Truth and Justice.

By Sage Carson and Anna Chu   On October 6, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court, despite being credibly accused by multiple women of sexual assault. In the weeks

October 7, 2021

In Loving Memory

It’s an interesting perspective to have when you’re born into a lineage of people that were the original inhabitants of a land, and growing up you realize everything has been stolen from them.   I’ve always

September 22, 2021

This is How Poor Data Collection Erases Racial Groups in Health Care

There is research on racial and ethnic disparities in health care, but we need consistent and detailed data on a variety of groups to address the health conditions different groups face.   Currently, many surveys and studies fail to provide inclusive categories for race, ethnicity, gender identity

September 22, 2021

Excluding Women in Research Impacts Their Health for Decades to Come

In the 1950s, doctors prescribed many pregnant people with a sedative drug, thalidomide, which was used to relieve pregnancy-related nausea. Tragically, this drug caused thousands to give birth to babies with severe limb deformities. In the wake of

September 15, 2021

Searching for the Right Label(s) To Be Latina Enough

I do not recall growing up with the words “Latina” or “Hispanic.” As an adult, I have learned that people think of my hometown as having people who were “Cuban” or “not Cuban.” It is a simplistic binary I

September 14, 2021

Why We Cannot Take The 2020 Wage Gap and Health Insurance Data at Face Value

Every September, the National Women’s Law Center analyzes national wage gap, poverty, and health insurance data from the previous calendar year by gender, race, and ethnicity, among other characteristics. This data comes from the Current Population

September 14, 2021

Aetna’s Fertility Benefits Discriminate on the Basis of Sex. So We Sued.

Content warning: this post discusses infertility.  Emma Goidel has reached her limit. In the fall of 2020, she and her partner decided to add to their family through pregnancy. To do so, Emma—a queer woman—needed fertility