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Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Preview: 2013-2014 Term

October 2, 2013
During the 2013-2014 Term, the Supreme Court will review several cases that concern legal rights of importance to women—including access to abortion, equal opportunity in education, protection against housing discrimination, and the ability to use the Equal Protection Clause to challenge discrimination in public employment. In addition, the Court will review an important case involving the President’s ability to fill vacancies on a body that protects workers. Finally, the Court may decide whether for-profit businesses can refuse to provide employee insurance coverage for contraceptives based on asserted religious objections. The decisions in these cases may have a significant impact on women’s rights in all of these important arenas.
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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.
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

September 12, 2014

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

September 10, 2014

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

September 10, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Files 7th Circuit Brief in Support of Marriage Equality

August 05, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Files 4th Circuit Amicus Brief in Support of Marriage Equality

July 16, 2014