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National Women’s Law Center Extends Appreciation to Sen. Reid

March 27, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) extends its sincere appreciation and thanks to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who today announced he would retire from the Senate next year, after a more than 30-year tenure.

 The following is a statement by NWLC Co-Presidents Nancy Duff Campbell and Marcia D. Greenberger:

“The National Women’s Law Center is grateful for Sen. Reid’s strong and dedicated leadership on issues important to women and families, and his work to advance equality, opportunity and fairness for all. We salute his leadership on major issues, including access to health care through his support of the Affordable Care Act, access to justice by securing the confirmation of a record number of women judges from diverse backgrounds, equal pay protection through the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and promoting measures to increase tax fairness, protect Social Security, and strengthen protections against sexual violence.

Supreme Court Gives Important Victory to Pregnant Workers

March 25, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, in a 6-3 decision in Young v UPS, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Fourth Circuit and remanded Peggy Young’s case for further proceedings.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important victory for Peggy Young and pregnant workers everywhere.

“The Court has put employers on notice: pregnancy is not a reason to discriminate. The Court said that if you accommodate most non-pregnant workers who need it but not most pregnant workers who need it, you may be found guilty of violating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. 

Proposed Legislation Important to Women Needlessly Includes Provisions That Would Harm Them, Says NWLC

March 20, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, on the heels of the Senate’s attempt to restrict access to abortion for survivors of human trafficking in legislation designed to help them, the U.S. House of Representatives has inserted an abortion restriction onto new funds given to community health centers in a bill that addresses Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (known as SGR). The bill would put into law a restriction harmful to women’s health by limiting women’s access to abortion.

New Budget Plans Balance the Federal Budget on the Backs of Women and Their Families, Says NWLC

March 19, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) This week, the Chair of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), and the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), released their budget plans for Fiscal Year 2016 and beyond.

The following is a statement by Joan Entmacher, NWLC Vice President for Family Economic Security: 

“These are shameful plans to balance the federal budget on the backs of women and their families. Millions of women struggle every day to support themselves and their families and give their children a chance at a better life. These budgets would slash and dismantle programs that help women put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, protect their health, secure child care, get job training and go to college and help them meet their basic needs during difficult times and as they age. 

Marcia D. Greenberger, National Women’s Law Center Founder and Co-President, To Be Inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame

March 12, 2015

(Washington, DC)  Marcia D. Greenberger, founder and co-president of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Hall announced this week.  

Greenberger, an expert on women and the law, has been a leader in women’s rights since the 1970s. After serving as the first female lawyer at the Washington, D.C., firm of Caplin and Drysdale, she founded and became the first director of the Women’s Rights Project of the Center for Law and Social Policy in 1972—the same year the historic Title IX law was enacted; in 1981, that project became the National Women’s Law Center. The vision to found the Women’s Rights Project earned Greenberger the distinction of becoming the first full-time women’s rights legal advocate in Washington. 

National Women’s Law Center Condemns Harmful Provision in Trafficking Bill

March 10, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Senate legislation intended to support human trafficking survivors instead became a vehicle for other agendas, including an attack on women’s health, according to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). For example, the bill, called the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S.178), includes a provision restricting trafficking survivors’ access to abortion services that must be removed. 

The following is a statement from Gretchen Borchelt, NWLC Acting Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights: 

“It is despicable that some members of the U.S. Senate would restrict access to critical health care services for trafficking survivors. Women emerging from such detrimental exploitation need compassionate care and comprehensive health services, including abortion.”

Women's Unemployment at 6-year Low, but Rises for Black Women, NWLC Analysis Shows

March 6, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Women’s unemployment rate declined to a more than six-year low in February, but the unemployment rate for Black women has increased over the last two months, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

“February posted strong job gains and a decline in overall unemployment, but many women have yet to see a real recovery,” said Joan Entmacher, NWLC’s Vice President for Family Economic Security. “Four out of ten jobs women gained last month were in low-wage sectors that don’t pay enough to support a family. And, while the unemployment rate for all adult women dropped to 4.9 percent, the lowest in more than six years, the unemployment rate for Black women rose for the second month in a row, to 8.9 percent. Lawmakers need to approve a federal budget that invests in education, job training, health care and infrastructure to promote widely shared prosperity—not one with damaging cuts to vital programs and more tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest individuals.” 

21st Century Women’s Health Act Introduced Today in Senate, Advances Women’s Health and Wellbeing

March 5, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) applauds Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for introducing the 21st Century Women’s Health Act. This bill would advance women’s health in critical ways, including by guaranteeing coverage of women’s preventive health services without co-pays or deductibles in the Medicaid program, improving women’s access to primary health care, ensuring that survivors of sexual assault receive emergency contraception at the hospital, and informing women about the range of preventive services to which they are entitled and what to do if they aren’t getting the coverage they deserve.

NWLC’s Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case Argues State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Are Unconstitutional

March 5, 2015

(Washington, DC) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 10 women’s legal organizations and professors of law associated with the Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law in the consolidated Supreme Court cases that will determine whether states can refuse to allow same-sex couples to marry or refuse to recognize their marriages. The brief argues that discrimination based on sexual orientation, like discrimination based on sex, must and should be presumed to be unconstitutional and subjected to heightened scrutiny under the Constitution. These cases come two years after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA’s) prohibition on the federal government recognizing marriages validly entered into by same-sex couples under state law, and will address the unanswered legal question: whether states may restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

High Stakes for Women in Case Before Supreme Court Today

March 4, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that threatens the financial help the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides to middle- and low-income individuals for purchasing health insurance. This case, which would eliminate the availability of tax credits in the 37 states that rely on the federal government to operate their health insurance marketplaces, could have a potentially devastating impact on women, especially women of color, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

Nearly seven million women would stand to lose eligibility for tax credits – a key financial support that provides access to health insurance coverage.  Approximately half of these women are women of color.