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The Wage Gap By State for Women Overall 2013

Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but women working full time, year round are typically paid less than full-time, year-round male workers in every state. Nationally, women working full time, year round typically make only 78.3 cents for every dollar a man makes and the size of the disparity varies by state. Women fare best in Washington, D.C., where women working full time, year round typically make 91.3 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. New York and Maryland follow Washington, D.C. with the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings above 85 percent in both states. Women fare worst relative to men in Louisiana, where women’s earnings represented only 65.9 percent of men’s earnings.

National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Alabama law firm Mastando & Artrip, LLC have filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a lawsuit against the Madison County School Board and its officials for violating Title IX, the U.S. Constitution, and state law.  The case alleges that the Defendants did not properly respond to a long pattern of sexual harassment by a male student, and instead arranged for a 14-year-old female student to meet him in the bathroom in order to catch him in the act of harassment so that he could be punished.  The female student was raped by the male student in the bathroom before anyone arrived to catch him.

NWLC Brief on Behalf of 123 Members of Congress in Young v. UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in  the Supreme Court case Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with medical needs.

Too many employers still deny pregnant women basic accommodations that would allow them to continue working and the courts have ignored the clear language and intent of the PDA in allowing this to continue. As a result, pregnant women are forced to choose between their jobs and their health. This amicus brief, filed on behalf of 123 Members of Congress, analyzes the plain language of the PDA and sets out Congress’s desire to ensure fair and equal treatment of pregnant workers through passage of the PDA.

Reports & Toolkits

December 16, 2014
The toolkit for advocates includes outreach tips and tools to help families claim valuable tax credits.
November 18, 2014
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most women now have coverage for well-women visits, without additional costs like co-pays and deductibles. But how can they make the most of this benefit? We have resources and information to help you learn more about this critical benefit and also to get the word out about no-cost well-woman visit. Regular well-woman visits could be a turning point for women’s health— but only if women know about it them. 

Fact Sheets

January 28, 2015

This checklist is designed to give general information about some tax issues that immigrant workers may face.

January 28, 2015

The health care law makes preventive care more accessible and affordable to millions of Americans. This is especially important to women, who – prior to the Affordable Care Act – were more likely than men to avoid needed health care because of cost. To help address these cost barriers and make sure all women have access to preventive health care, the health care law requires private insurance plans to cover a wide range of preventive services, including an annual well-woman visit, breastfeeding equipment and support, mammograms, pap-smears, smoking cessation, and contraceptives, without co-payments or other cost sharing requirements.

Legal Briefs & Testimony

January 28, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center and law firm Hogan Lovells submitted an amicusbrief on behalf of 68 organizations in the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, brought by plaintiffs challenging a core provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court will consider whether the ACA allows the federal government to provide subsidies to individuals and families who buy insurance from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces, also known as Exchanges. The brief argues that a ruling for the challengers in King would thwart one of the main objectives of the law: to make health insurance more affordable and thus attainable for millions of Americans. 

January 22, 2015

The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce encouraging additional data collection on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and individuals of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) origin.

Coalition Action Materials

November 06, 2014

On November 6, 2014, 46 national organizations sent a sign-on letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, and the Appropriations Subcommittes on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, in support of increases for early learning programs in an Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY 2015.

Download the letter below.

September 09, 2014

On September 5, 2014, national organizations sent sign-on letters to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan in support of increasing funding for early childhood programs in the FY 2016 budget period.

Download the full letters below.

Webinars & Presentations

Below are resources related to past NWLC webinars, conference calls and other presentations. Please see our list of upcoming calls & webinars.


January 29, 2015



January 14, 2015

This webinar covers the basics of the Premium Tax Credit - the subsidy to help people afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act - including who is eligible for financial assistance, how much assistance is available, how to apply, and what happens at tax time.