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Price House Budget Resolution Is Disastrous News for Women and Families

House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) just released a budget resolution outlining his priorities for FY 2016 and beyond. While the introduction to his plan observes that “[t]he economy is not working for many Americans,” and “[a] lot of people are struggling to keep up or are being left behind altogether,” he has a funny way of showing his concern for their plight; like the budget plans put forward in recent years by Price’s predecessor, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Price plan balances the budget on the backs of vulnerable women and their families. The Price budget would:

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Seventh Circuit Will Once Again Review Notre Dame Challenge to the Accommodation

Posted by Rachel Parker, Intern | Posted on: March 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Last Monday, the Supreme Court issued what is known as a GVR, or “Grant, Vacate and Remand” order. The order instructs the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby last summer, to reconsider its decision from February of last year that rejected the University of Notre Dame’s challenge to the federal birth control benefit. The Seventh Circuit will review Notre Dame’s challenge next month, Wednesday, April 22nd.

What exactly is Notre Dame challenging? Glad you asked. The birth control coverage benefit, a provision of the Affordable Care Act, requires insurance coverage of the full range of FDA-approved methods of birth control, sterilization, and related education and counseling.

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Five Steps to Enhance Economic Security for LGBT Women

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: March 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

Families are depending on the wages of women more than ever before. You’ve heard some of these stats before but they bear repeating: Women are breadwinners or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American families and continue to shoulder a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. Yet, women who work full-time, year-round, are paid only 78 cents on the dollarcompared to full-time working men. When the full-time wages of women of color are compared to white men, the disparity is even greater.  And our nation’s public policies and workplace practices are too often based on outdated assumptions about our workforce and the supports necessary to make sure families are economically secure. 

At bottom, these economic concerns are distressing for all women and their families, but too little attention has been placed on the ways in which economic challenges play out for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) women. This is why we are pleased to partner with the Movement Advancement Project, Center for American Progress and a wide range of organizations on a new report that documents the range of economic barriers experienced by LGBT women, and provides concrete proposals to change the cultural and legal framework that undermine their economic security.

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Senate to Vote on Loretta Lynch Nomination Next Week

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: March 11, 2015 at 09:15 am

Politico is reporting that the Senate will vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the U.S. Attorney General next week. Ms. Lynch is an extraordinary nominee who will render exemplary service as the country’s chief law enforcement officer, and the National Women’s Law Center strongly supports her nomination

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NWLC Testifies Before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee for Women and Families’ Economic Security

Posted by | Posted on: March 10, 2015 at 05:43 pm

Today, the National Women’s Law Center is testifying before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee in support of three important bills to help women and their families achieve economic security in Maryland.  These are HB 969, the Fair Scheduling Act; HB 10

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NWLC Files Amicus Brief in Support of Marriage Equality

Posted by Elizabeth Johnston, Fellow | Posted on: March 06, 2015 at 03:30 pm

On Thursday, the National Women’s Law Center, along with several women’s organizations and legal scholars, filed an amicus brief in Obergefell v. Hodges and consolidated cases. The brief argues that laws discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, such as the marriage bans at issue in these cases, must be subject to heightened scrutiny under the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee, like laws that discriminate on the basis of sex or race. Such laws rely on outdated, stereotyped gender roles and the Constitution provides strong protection against government efforts to perpetuate them. 

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February’s Strong Employment Numbers Mask an Uneven Recovery

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: March 06, 2015 at 03:17 pm

Today’s BLS release of February’s employment data shows a drop in overall unemployment and big gains in jobs, but these strong overall numbers hide an uneven recovery that has left many women out. While women’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in over six years, some groups of vulnerable women continue to face high unemployment rates, and nearly forty percent of the jobs women added in February were in low-wage sectors. 

Women’s unemployment rate is at a 6-year low, but many groups of women are left out

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NWLC Supports Home Care Workers in D.C. Circuit Amicus Brief

Posted by Julie Vogtman, Senior Counsel and Director of Income Support Policy | Posted on: March 03, 2015 at 11:22 am

Last Friday, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) joined the American Civil Liberties Union, Legal Momentum, and a number of other civil rights advocates as amici curiae on a brief  filed with the D.C. Circuit in support of the Department of Labor (DOL) in Home Care Association of America vs. Weil. DOL is appealing the district court’s decision vacating central provisions of new regulations—for which NWLC advocated—extending Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections to nearly two million home care workers.

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