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(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Women’s Law Center sent a letter to congressional leadership, on behalf of 91 organizations, showing strong support for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The organizations represent a broad range of perspectives, including advocates of women’s rights and health, health care providers, communities of color, faith communities, and unions, which recognize Planned Parenthood’s critical role in providing health care to millions of American women and men.
(Washington, DC) Sandra Bland was a friend, a daughter, a sorority sister, and a colleague. She was on her way home from a job interview for a position she had just been offered when she was pulled over for a minor traffic violation. She was then arrested and a few days later found dead in her jail cell. She was 28 years old.
The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:
“Sandra Bland joins the too-long list of African Americans in the United States who have lost their lives in the custody of police. She joins the too-long list of potential unfulfilled and of futures cut short too soon. She joins the too-long list of African Americans whose talents and skills were taken from their families, communities and country.
“Today, we #SayHerName: because we will never achieve equality and opportunity for women while systemic racism continues to put hurdles on the paths of women of color. We must continue to confront the race and sex bias that affects women of color, particularly black women and trans women of color, in a uniquely painful and destructive way. We will continue to #SayHerName. And as the #BlackLivesMatter conference begins this week, we stand in support of the powerful organizing that is demanding an end to the systemic racism that oppresses all people of color.”
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.
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.
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My high school health class consisted primarily of reading the textbook — sometimes silently and sometimes aloud to the class — and completing worksheets. To say I didn't learn much would be an understatement. But one day the painful monotony was broken by a guest speaker from Planned Parenthood. This amazing and brave woman stood in front of a class of around thirty 15 and 16 year olds and gave us medically accurate, non-judgmental information about birth control. I'm from a small, conservative Texas town. Actual sex education was not something I had expected. And, yet, thanks to Planned Parenthood it was something I did get.
Welcome to our new blog series: Around the Water Cooler at NWLC! We're interns this summer at the Law Center, and we wanted to get to know some of the amazing people that we work with every better. We've learned so much about (and from) them, and we thought you'd enjoy getting to know them too. As rising seniors in undergrad, we're thinking a lot about the future. We asked our co-workers what advice they would give us (and other graduates) who want to pursue careers in the feminist movement.
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