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September 18, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) said today that it has filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit with co-counsel Mastando & Artrip, LLC against Madison County School Board and school officials in Alabama for their outrageous response to student-on-student sexual harassment that resulted in the rape of a 14-year-old girl. The case stems from a policy at Sparkman Middle School of only punishing sexual harassment if a student was “caught in the act" through witnesses, an admission, or physical evidence. Based on this policy, school officials failed to effectively address repeated sexual harassment of multiple female students by a male student. When the 14-year-old girl complained about this older male student asking her to meet him in the bathroom for sex, school officials sent her to meet him in the bathroom as bait in a sting operation to "catch him in the act.” Before any staff arrived, the girl was raped by the male student. 

September 17, 2014

 (Washington, D.C.) Today, Representative Jackie Speier, along with 58 original cosponsors, introduced the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act, a critical piece of legislation that will ensure that all women who rely on the military for health care receive comprehensive contraceptive coverage and counseling. The legislation, a companion bill to S. 2687, will give these women equal access to the same comprehensive birth control coverage, education and counseling at no cost to them that other federal employees and tens of millions of other women now enjoy, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The bill also ensures that all servicemembers receive comprehensive family planning education and the information they need to plan if and when to have a child.

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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.

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.

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We learned from this week's Census poverty data that more than one in seven women — nearly 18 million — live in poverty, and poverty rates are even higher for single mothers, women of color, and older women living alone. They and their families need the support of programs that help them make ends meet and escape poverty. Where does the government get the revenue to fund these programs and services? Taxes.

Shining the spotlight on a problem that affects the educational opportunities of so many young women across the country is important. But we must not forget that sexual harassment and violence is also an all too present reality for many girls in elementary and secondary schools. And Title IX – the civil rights law that is not just about sports but also requires all schools that receive federal funding to address sexual harassment – protects these K-12 students too.

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