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July 28, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today the Senate confirmed Pamela Harris to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who becomes only the sixth woman to be confirmed to this important court. Ms. Harris is an experienced appellate litigator, who has extensive experience in private practice, government service, and academia.

July 24, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today filed a complaint on behalf of 18-year-old high school student Mikelia Seals against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School (WWCHS) and the Wilkes County Schools (WCS) in Washington, Georgia for violating Title IX—the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. 

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We helped pass landmark health care reform legislation and end insurers’ practices of charging women higher premiums than men, excluding coverage for maternity care and treating domestic violence and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.

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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Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ briefing entitled “Enforcement of Sexual Harassment Policy at Educational Institutions by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.”

Some of the panelists’ testimony and commissioners’ lines of questioning voiced concerns that enforcement of Title IX’s protections against sex discrimination by educational institutions in the sexual harassment context infringed upon the First Amendment rights of students on college campuses. However, as NWLC’s Vice President for Education and Employment, Fatima Goss Graves, made clear in her testimony, Title IX is consistent with the First Amendment and schools can comply with their obligations under Title IX without unconstitutionally infringing on the free speech rights of students.

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed down its decision in Bostic v. Rainey, becoming the second federal appeals court to strike down bans on marriage between same-sex couples post-Windsor.  In a 2-1 decision for a three judge panel, the Fourth Circuit upheld the lower court’s finding that Virginia’s ban on marriage between same-sex couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  This is monumental news for the fight for marriage equality and for the people of Virginia. It is also a win for same-sex couples in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia – the other states under the Fourth Circuit’s jurisdiction.

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