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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...

NWLC Responds to FBI and Trump White House’s Mishandling of Kavanaugh Investigation

(Washington, D.C.) Today, The New York Times reported on alarming details about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's handling of sexual assault allegations made against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing, including interference by the...

NWLC Reacts to the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee’s FY 2021 Appropriations Bill

The following is a statement by Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC): “For the first time in decades, the Congressional funding bill does not contain...

The NFL’s Decision to Not Release Final Investigation Report About Sexual Harassment Allegations Against the Washington Football Team Reveals a Lack of Transparency

(Washington, D.C.)  After conducting a yearlong investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the managers and executives of the Washington Football Team (WFT), the National Football League (NFL) fined the team $10 million dollars but did...

NWLC Responds to Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Ruling in Cosby Case

(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:   “It will be tempting to...

House Passes Bill Supporting Birth Control Access for Veterans

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act. The bill would ensure that veterans have access to no-copay contraception much like their civilian counterparts. Under the...

Congress Strikes Harmful Trump-Era Rule That Limited EEOC’s Ability to Protect Workers’ Civil Rights

(Washington, D.C.) In the final days of the Trump administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a key federal agency charged with protecting workplace civil rights, approved changes to conciliation, its process for trying to...