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Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Retains Use of Vitally Important Diversity Policies By Colleges and Universities

June 24, 2013

(Washington, DC)  Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The 7-1 decision, written by Justice Kennedy, reaffirms the ability for educational institutions to consider race as one among a number of factors in a university’s admissions criteria to achieve the many educational benefits that stem from a diverse student body.

NWLC Decries Supreme Court's Title VII Decisions in Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar

June 24, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decisions in two Title VII cases, Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, limiting the protections available to employees in both cases in narrow 5-4 votes.

NWLC Supports Nomination of Cathy Russell as Ambassador For Global Women's Issues

June 20, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the nomination of Catherine Russell to be Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is pleased to support this highly qualified nominee.

Rep. Frank's Bill Would Impose Dangerous, Unconstitutional Limits on Women's Health Care

June 18, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on H.R. 1797, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, putting women’s lives and health at risk.

New Report Highlights Employers' Discrimination Against Pregnant Workers, Refusal to Make Basic Accommodations

June 18, 2013

Pregnant workers are facing discrimination on a routine basis, according to a new report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and A Better Balance (ABB). It Shouldn’t Be a Heavy Lift:  Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers shows that many employers are refusing to make basic accommodations that they routinely give workers with disabilities or on-the-job injuries.

NWLC Submits Brief In Gilardi v. HHS, Supporting The Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

June 14, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today submitted an amicus brief to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Gilardi v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Senate Armed Services Committee's Provisions on Sexual Assault Are Insufficient, Says NWLC

June 13, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to strike a bipartisan provision of the National Defense Authorization Act advanced by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand that would have given military prosecutors—not commanders—the power to decide which sexual assault crimes to prosecute and would have otherwise improved the military justice system.

Plan B Announcement Means Expanded Access to Safe and Effective Birth Control

June 11, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement filed in court on Monday night indicating that it will drop its appeal to block over-the-counter availability of Plan B One-Step for all women and girls.

NWLC Report Highlights Barriers that Reinforce the Wage Gap and Solutions to Close It, on 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act

June 10, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) On the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today released a policy report outlining the barriers to achieving fair pay and practical steps to close it.

Women’s unemployment rate continues to decline; slightly less than half of job gains go to women, NWLC analysis shows

June 7, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) Adult women’s unemployment rate declined to 6.5 percent in May, the lowest level since January 2009, but still more than two percentage points higher than at the start of the recession in December 2007, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.