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What ESPN Left on the Cutting Room Floor

by Lara S. Kaufmann, Senior Counsel, 
National Women’s Law Center 

If you watched ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” yesterday, you know it included a segment on a client of ours, a 17-year old high school senior in Fort Worth, Texas. In case you missed it, here it is:

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Our client is a top student, and she was the starting setter on the school’s varsity volleyball team until the athletic coordinator found out that she was pregnant. She was then denied an equal opportunity to play based on her pregnancy, in violation of Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination in education. Just last week, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Dallas opened an investigation into the matter.

The show was engaging, and I applaud ESPN for devoting media attention to the issue of discrimination against pregnant students, as it is still quite common but most often flies below the public’s radar. Too many people – students, parents, and school staff – still do not know that Title IX applies to schools’ treatment of pregnant and parenting students. (For more information on what Title IX requires in this regard, check out our resources on pregnant and parenting students).

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Sign our Petition to Stop the Abortion Coverage Ban

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: November 30, 2009 at 03:27 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center

This may be the season for giving — but the only thing that opponents of a woman’s right to choose are set on doing is taking away women’s access to abortion care in health care reform.

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Let's talk turkey

Posted by | Posted on: November 25, 2009 at 03:19 pm

Over the holiday, as your family gathers around the table, be prepared to talk about what women have at stake in health care reform.

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Need a Thanksgiving Survival Guide?

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: November 24, 2009 at 02:40 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

Just in time for Turkey Day, we've got two new eCards you can send to your friends and family - whether they'll be joining you around the dinner table, or just hearing all the gossip after you get back in town.

The Thanksgiving Survival Guide offers up helpful tips for making the most of the big day.

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by Andrea Maruniak, Media Manager | Posted on: November 24, 2009 at 01:23 am

by Andrea Maruniak, Program Assistant, 
National Women's Law Center 

Choices Campus Blog discussed the ways in which the U.S. lags behind other countries in implementing family-friendly work policies, such as paid sick leave, paid paternal leave and breastfeeding breaks.

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NWLC in the News

Posted by Andrea Maruniak, Media Manager | Posted on: November 18, 2009 at 08:09 pm

by Andrea Maruniak, Communications Program Assistant,
National Women's Law Center

The Colorado Independent, November 17, 2009
Colorado Health Insurance Lobby Vows to Fight Mandatory Maternity Coverage

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Register Today: Call on State Early Childhood Advisory Councils

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: November 17, 2009 at 06:28 pm

by Helen Blank, Director, Leadership and Public Policy,
National Women's Law Center,
and Danielle Ewen, Director of Child Care and Early Education,
CLASP

So what are states doing with economic recovery funds that are allocated to fund State Early Childhood Advisory Councils?

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Tell Your Senators that You Need It All

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: November 17, 2009 at 04:10 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center

Why should women have to make a trade-off between our ability to get abortion coverage and trying to eliminate other unfair and discriminatory insurance practices against women in health reform?

We shouldn’t.

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