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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. 

NWLC Applauds House Introduction of Bill that Ensures that Women Who Rely on the Military for Health Care Get Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage and Counseling

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.

No Improvement in Women’s Poverty Rate; One in Seven Women Lives in Poverty, Says NWLC

September 16, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Nearly 18 million women lived in poverty last year and there was no improvement in the poverty rate for women, although the overall poverty rate and the poverty rate for children declined, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

House Will Vote to Reauthorize Child Care and Development Block Grant, Making Safe, Stable Child Care a Priority

September 15, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Tonight, the House is expected to vote and pass the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), which will improve health and safety standards of child care facilities, make it easier for families to get and continue to receive help paying for child care, and support training and professional development of child care providers.

NWLC Submits Amicus Brief on Behalf of 123 Members of Congress in Supreme Court Case That Will Decide Scope of Protection Under Federal Law for Pregnant Workers

September 11, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Women’s Law Center and law firm Jenner & Block submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 123 Members of Congress in the Supreme Court pregnancy discrimination case, Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; the brief highlights the plain language, legislative history and intent of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which Congress passed in 1978. 

New Jersey Bank that Provided Family Health Coverage Only to Male Employees Settles Discrimination Complaints Brought by Two Female Employees

September 11, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Union County Savings Bank, headquartered in Elizabeth, New Jersey, agreed to settle sex discrimination and retaliation complaints filed by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of tellers Joanne DeVito and Joanne Kusterer.

African American Women Are the Only Group Whose Unemployment Has Not Improved In a Year, NWLC Analysis Shows

September 5, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Adult African American women are the only group whose unemployment rate has not improved in the last year, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

National Women's Law Center Supports Change to Employer Accommodation Rule That Will Protect Women's Ability to Get Birth Control

August 22, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, in response to recent Supreme Court rulings on contraceptive coverage, the Obama Administration announced it will issue a rule that accommodates non-profit organizations with religious objections to the contraceptive coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).