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NWLC Applauds Senate Bill That Ensures Access to Emergency Contraception in Health Care Providers’ Offices and Emergency Rooms

September 23, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with four cosponsors, has introduced the Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act (S.2876), which will ensure that survivors of sexual assault get the information, counseling and access to emergency contraception they need in emergency rooms and that all women get information and counseling about emergency contraception during their doctors’ visits.

Barriers Rooted in Race and Gender Bias Harm Educational Outcomes of African American Girls and Must Be Addressed, New Report Shows

September 23, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Due to pervasive, systemic barriers in education rooted in racial and gender bias and stereotypes, African American girls are faring worse than the national average for girls on almost every measure of academic achievement, according to a comprehensive report released today by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). In sharp contrast to reports of the academic success of girls overall, African American girls are more likely than any other group of girls to get poor grades and be held back a grade.

The report, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, outlines what are sometimes insurmountable barriers to staying in school and how poor educational outcomes result in limited job opportunities, lower lifetime earnings, and increased risk of economic insecurity for African American women. In 2013, 43 percent of African American women without a high school diploma were living in poverty, compared to nine percent of African American women with at least a bachelor's degree.

NWLC Files Eleventh Circuit Court Brief in Case Against Alabama Middle School for Subjecting Eighth-Grade Girl to Sexual Harassment and Assault by Male Student

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. 

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NWLC In the News

What Happened When a Student Told Her Campus Health Center She Was Sexually Assaulted

August 18, 2014

Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center, points to the problem here: that the student didn't know that by talking to the doctor about the alleged assault, she had "reported" to the university.

The Huffington Post

Still Exempt From Title IX

August 12, 2014

But now, nearly 35 years after the graduation of the service academies’ first female students, there are many women who need Title IX's protections, said Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center. “The exemption is built into the statute, but you should have to show that you still need that,” Chaudhry said.

Inside Higher Ed

State Lawmakers Mulling Hobby Lobby Response

August 7, 2014

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