May 10, 2019

It’s 2019 and I Don’t Want to Get Pregnant Because I’m Terrified

It’s been over 40 years since the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which outlawed discrimination against pregnant women, employees who may become pregnant, or prospective employees who may become pregnant. However, 41 years later

May 9, 2019

A Timeline of (Some of) The Trump-Pence Administration’s Attacks on Birth Control

In June 2018, we filed a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame and the Trump-Pence administration for illegally teaming up in order to deny Notre Dame students and staff their birth control coverage. As we

May 7, 2019

Redefining Poverty Doesn’t Put Food on the Table or Pay for Critical Health Care

This morning, the Trump administration floated a proposal to redefine the poverty threshold in order to squeeze more people off critical programs that meet their basic needs.    Quick Facts on Poverty and Trump  Last year, the Trump Administration claimed that “our War on Poverty

May 1, 2019

Making Our Foremothers Proud on May Day by Fighting Back

#8220;What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You

April 30, 2019

New York City Law Rightly Calls Rape Gender-Motivated Violence

Content Warning: Discussions of Sexual Violence A well-known Hollywood director, with a history of sexual assault, is accused of raping a young woman and making sexist and derogatory comments to her during the assault.  But his

April 17, 2019

Tell Missouri Lawmakers: Stop Attacking Survivors

This guest post was written by Sarah Nesbitt, a Policy and Advocacy Organizer with Know Your IX and an alum of Washington University in St. Louis. Being a survivor of campus sexual or intimate partner violence

April 15, 2019

Schools Must Support Latina Mental Health — for Their Educations and for Their Lives

In my hometown of Philadelphia, over half of Latina girls were persistently sad or hopeless in 2017. More than one in five considered suicide. More than one in seven attempted suicide. For LGBTQ Latina girls in

April 12, 2019

Black Maternal Health Week 2019: Celebrate, Decolonize, and Restore

Happy Black Maternal Health Week! The National Women’s Law Center is a proud supporter of Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) and we want to highlight some of the trailblazing accomplishments happening during the 2nd annual Black

April 12, 2019

How Tax Credits Can Help Domestic Violence Survivors

This is part of an ongoing series “Help More Domestic Violence Survivors Survive By”.  Domestic violence (DV) occurs across the socio-economic spectrum, but low-income survivors face unique challenges and barriers to ending an abusive relationship. Leaving an abusive partner may mean that

April 12, 2019

To Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality, Listen to the Data

More mothers die from pregnancy-related causes in the United States than any other high-income country. And maternal health outcomes in the U.S. are only getting worse. From 2010 to 2014, our pregnancy-related mortality ratio jumped from

April 11, 2019

A Patient in a Long-Term Care Facility was Sexually Assaulted – She’s Not Alone.

CW: Sexual assault in health care. Early this year, I couldn’t scroll through social media without reading about a Native American patient in Arizona who was sexually assaulted and gave birth while receiving long-term care for

April 11, 2019

We Need to Talk About the Shady Situation in the Sixth Circuit Court

What do state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s obstructionist tactics, and President Trump’s horrible judicial nominations all have in common? A whole lot, it turns out. Last month, a majority of the