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NWLC Celebrates Confirmation of Catherine Lhamon to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC): “Today we celebrate Catherine Lhamon’s confirmation to the Department of Education to lead its Office for...

NWLC Celebrates Senate Introduction of Spending Bill Without the Hyde and Weldon Amendments

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Senate introduced the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill, omitting the Hyde and Weldon amendments for the first time in decades. The following is a statement by Gretchen...

NWLC Reacts to R. Kelly’s Guilty Verdict

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC): “Today, Black survivors realized some measure of justice with the conviction of R. Kelly. Thanks to their...

NWLC Celebrates Historic Passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). WHPA would create a federal statutory safeguard against abortion bans and medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion. The following is a statement...

NWLC Applauds National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Provision that Will Expand Contraceptive Access

(Washington, D.C) Today, the House advanced the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a key provision from the Access to Contraception for Servicemembers and Dependents Act that will help improve access to contraception for non-Active...

NWLC Applauds Biden Administration’s Action Against Texas’ Abortion Ban

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in response to actions announced by the Department of Health and Human Services to protect abortion...

In 2020, More than 12.6 Million Women and Girls Lacked Health Insurance; Being a Woman Still Raised the Odds of Being Poor in America; and the Wage Gap for Women Overall Narrowed to 83 Cents

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on health insurance, poverty, and income from 2020. More than 12.6 million women were left without health coverage last year, putting them at increased health...

Ipsos: Child Tax Credit Shows Early Success and Popularity, But Racial Disparities Persist

(Washington, D.C.) According to the results of a new national survey, the vast majority of eligible families reported awareness of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and claimed it in their tax filings, but gaps for...

Class Action Lawsuit Against Aetna filed by Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel and NWLC Alleges LGBTQ Discrimination

The suit alleges that Aetna’s fertility treatment reimbursement policy discriminates against LGBTQ individuals Washington, D.C. – September 13, 2021 – Attorneys at New York-based civil rights law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel...

NWLC Responds to SCOTUS’ Failure to Block SB8

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):  “Texans woke up this morning to the Supreme Court telling them they have fewer rights than people living in other states. SB8 effectively bans...

NWLC Reacts to Tina Tchen’s Resignation, Announces Changes

In 2017, Tina Tchen came to the National Women’s Law Center with a vision for what would become the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund (the Fund). Her clarity of purpose was a guiding light for...

House Passes Budget Framework With Historic Investments in Women & Families

(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a framework of the Biden administration's Build Back Better plan, including historic investments in child care, home-based care, paid leave, affordable housing, nutritional assistance, and health care...

Federal Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging Trump “Rollback Rule” Undermining Healthcare Nondiscrimination Protections to Continue

BOSTON, MA -- A federal court has permitted plaintiffs to continue to pursue several claims in Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) et al v. HHS, a lawsuit challenging the Trump-Pence Administration's rule that seeks to...

NWLC and TULDF Respond to Survivor Criticisms Amid Governor Cuomo Investigation

We are grateful to the group of survivors who shared their concerns and ultimately, their desire for change. Doing so in any context is never easy, and to them we say, we hear you. We...

Governor Cuomo Resigns In Wake of Alarming NY AG Sexual Harassment Report

(Washington, D.C.) The following is a statement from Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center and co-founder of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund:   “Today, we recognize the strength...

NWLC Responds to Senate Leadership’s Proposed Investment in Women and Families

(Washington, D.C.) On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled the details of a $3.5 trillion proposal to invest in working families and build a stronger economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  The...

Senate Committee Approves the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act with Bipartisan Support

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act with bipartisan support. Over 40 years after passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, many pregnant workers still face a choice no...

NWLC Responds to Independent Investigation’s Findings That NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Violated Federal and State Laws

(Washington, D.C.) The following is a statement from president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center and co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund Fatima Goss Graves: “We are grateful to the brave...

NWLC Celebrates House Approval of Spending Bill Without Harmful Abortion Restrictions

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC): “Today is monumental. For the first time in over four decades, the House passed a spending...

NWLC Responds to Decision in Title IX Lawsuit

Today, the decision was released in a lawsuit initially filed by NWLC in June 2020 challenging Betsy DeVos' sweeping Title IX rules that discouraged students in K-12 schools and colleges from reporting incidents of sexual violence, reduce...