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October 29, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) —The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today submitted an amicus brief, joined by 19 organizations, to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis v. Burwell, et al. This case addresses whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s contraceptive coverage accommodation, which allows certain objecting non-profit organizations to refuse coverage in their health insurance plans but ensures women receive the coverage directly from their insurance company, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The brief opposes the Archdiocese’s challenge and objects to the alternatives proposed by the plaintiffs as failing to satisfy the U.S. government’s compelling interest in furthering women’s health and futures by requiring insurance coverage of contraception at no additional cost.

October 22, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)—Families in thirty-three states are better off under one or more key child care policies in 2014 than in 2013, but have lost ground in thirteen states, according to a report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). The state-by-state report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014, examines five critical factors that determine the affordability, accessibility and quality of assistance for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

The report marks the second year in a row in which NWLC found that the situations for families improved under child care policies in more states than it worsened, demonstrating a turnaround from previous years. However, many of these improvements were modest, and too many families still cannot receive the help they need to obtain reliable, high-quality care. For example, only one state pays child care providers who serve families receiving child care assistance at the federally recommended reimbursement rate, and long waiting lists prevent low-income families in many states from getting assistance at all.  

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I worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for close to two decades. I was paid less than my male co-workers the entire time—even though I was doing the same work they were and doing it well. Near the end of my time there, I received an anonymous note alerting me to the discrimination, and I decided to fight for justice, with the help of the National Women's Law Center and its allies.

In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that girls in the Deer Valley Unified School District (AZ), the Wake County (NC) Public Schools, Columbus (OH) City Schools, the Houston Independent School District and the Irvine Unified School District (CA) are underrepresented in athletics programs.

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As we close out National Work & Family month, it’s a good time to take stock of the strides made so far this year in the fight for fair schedules for working families.

On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress and AAUW released a new fact sheet that explores the educational achievement gap between boys and girls — particularly girls of color. While the fact sheet focuses on educational disparities in STEM courses (i.e., science, technology, engineering and mathematics), data shows that African American girls fall below the national average for girls on almost every measure of academic achievement according to Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call for Educational Equity, a recent report from the National Women's Law Center and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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