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Louisiana’s Unique Tax Credit Strategy Improved Child Care Quality in its First Four Years, Says New NWLC Report

April 14, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Louisiana’s unique package of tax credits, the first of its kind in the country, improved the quality of child care in the state in its first four years —including for low-income children— according to a new report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).  The report assesses the effectiveness of the credits, known collectively as the School Readiness Tax Credits (SRTC), in improving child care quality in the first four years of their implementation.  Between 2008, when the credits took effect, and 2011, the credits provided more than $38 million in new investments in child care quality.  Over the same period, there were measurable improvements in the quality of child care in Louisiana.

In a Month of Weak Job Growth, Black Women’s Unemployment Continues to Rise, NWLC Analysis Shows

April 3, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Overall job growth was weak and the unemployment rate for Black women rose for the third month in a row, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“The slowdown in job growth is not the only troubling sign in today's job numbers,” said Joan Entmacher, NWLC’s Vice President for Family Economic Security. “Black women's unemployment continued to rise and, at 9.2 percent, is now a full percentage point higher than it was in December. More than 40 percent of all jobs added were in low-wage industries. Yet last month the House and Senate approved budgets that would slash programs that help families make ends meet and cut investments that would create jobs now and strengthen the economy. As they craft a final budget, lawmakers should reject that approach and promote a plan that helps working families get ahead."

National Women’s Law Center Co-President Cancels Indiana Trip

April 2, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger today announced that she will not travel to Indiana as previously planned in response to the state’s newly-passed and discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Greenberger was scheduled to deliver the third annual Birch Bayh Lecture today at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.         

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.”