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August 21, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld Department of Labor regulations extending the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to nearly two million home care workers, in Home Care Association of America vs. Weil, reversing a lower court decision. Nearly 90 percent of home care workers are women, and of these women, 57 percent are women of color and nearly one-quarter live in poverty. The National Women’s Law Center joined an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the regulations are consistent with amendments to the FLSA that expanded coverage for domestic service employees in part to provide fair treatment for the low-income women and minorities who comprise the majority of these workers. 

August 18, 2015

(Washington, DC) National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an Outreach and Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. She is the first openly transgender official in history to serve in the White House.

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A coach in Birmingham, Alabama, Roderick Jackson was not afraid to speak his mind. When he witnessed the inferior practice and game conditions provided for his girls’ high school basketball team, compared to those provided for the boys, he complained to school administrators, calling it as he saw it: unfair sex discrimination.

As a law student at American University, Grace Pazdan learned that students were being denied prescription contraceptive coverage under the University’s mandatory student health plan, when virtually all other prescription drugs were covered. Grace and her fellow students contacted the NWLC and began organizing a grass roots campaign to raise awareness of this discrimination.

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To wrap up our blog series, we thought we’d take a tour through our office to see what cool feminist tchotchkes our coworkers were using to decorate their workspaces. We found everything from cool political buttons to vintage posters to funny mugs and dishware! Take a look for yourself!

Women have been going to college since the mid-1800s and still, in 2015, I worry about my friend’s safety on a Saturday night. And statistically, I should: 1 in 5 women experience some level of sexual harassment on a college campus.

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