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Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Preview: 2014-2015 Term

October 6, 2014

This term, the Supreme Court will decide at least one case—and possibly multiple cases—with critical implications for both women’s health and women’s economic security.  The Court’s consideration of these cases comes in the immediate wake of the 2013-2014 term, when the Supreme Court’s decisions in McCullen v. Coakley, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and Harris v. Quinn —threatened real harm to both.  In addition, this term the Court will consider two other potentially important employment discrimination cases and a significant housing discrimination case, and may again take up the issue of marriage equality; the legal issues in all these cases are important for women.


Fact Sheet | The Vacancy Crisis in the Federal Judiciary: What's at Stake for Women

September 10, 2014

There are currently 57 vacancies on the federal district and appellate courts, a ten percent vacancy rate. This alarmingly high vacancy rate forces people around the country to wait for justice. 


Fact Sheet | Women in the Federal Judiciary: Still A Long Way to Go

September 10, 2014

Over the past three decades, an increasing number of women have joined the legal profession.  Since 1992, women’s representation in law school classes has approached 50%. Despite record numbers of female judicial nominees, the percentage of female federal judges, however, is far lower. It is of critical importance to increase the representation of women on the federal bench.


Fact Sheet | Justice Ginsburg's Twenty Years on the Supreme Court

October 7, 2013
During Justice Ginsburg’s twenty years on the Court, in a number of notable cases addressing sex discrimination and reproductive rights, she has authored significant decisions, both for the majority and in dissent, often emphasizing the real world impact of the Court’s decisions on women; in other cases,
she has provided a crucial fifth vote. This fact sheet explores several examples of her influence on the Court.

Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Review: 2012-2013 Term

July 10, 2013

The 2012-2013 Supreme Court Term witnessed a number of blockbuster cases affecting women’s rights, from affirmative action to workplace protections to voting rights to marriage equality. The results in those cases were decidedly mixed, with some historic victories, but also, unfortunately, heartbreaking setbacks. The National Women’s Law Center participated in most of these cases. This fact sheet explains key cases and the potential impacts of their decisions.


More Resources

Fact Sheet | Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

November 18, 2014

Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Preview: 2014-2015 Term

October 06, 2014

Fact Sheet | Women’s Rights at Stake: Why Federal Courts Matter to Women

September 29, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Files 5th Circuit Brief In Support of Marriage Equality

September 26, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Brief on Behalf of 123 Members of Congress in Young v. UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case

September 12, 2014