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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

October 29, 2014
Over three million low-income women in the United States fall into a coverage gap and are uninsured, regardless of the fact that they are eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).This gap is the direct result of 22 states’ failure to use federal money already set aside to expand health care coverage through Medicaid.This report is an update of Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance, and demonstrates the risk the coverage gap poses to low-income women’s health by examining the dramatic differences in health care access and preventive services utilization between low-income women who will be stuck in this coverage gap—unless their state changes course—versus those who have access to coverage. This analysis finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap.
October 22, 2014
The toolkit for advocates includes outreach tips and tools to help families claim valuable tax credits.

Fact Sheets

October 29, 2014

In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure on November 13 when they return from the recess.

October 29, 2014

Years of tax policies that have disproportionately benefited wealthy individuals and big corporations have left the United States with a tax system that is both unbalanced and insufficient to meet national priorities.  Unfair tax breaks cost the federal government billions of dollars a year – money that could be used to protect the most vulnerable now and expand opportunity for a stronger future for everyone.

Legal Briefs & Testimony

September 26, 2014

The NWLC filed an amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in De Leon v. Perry in support of marriage equality, particularly regarding the current legal status of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Texas.

 

September 17, 2014

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.

Coalition Action Materials

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.

August 01, 2014

The National Women's Law Center sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging members to vote against the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R.

Webinars & Presentations

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

 

October 17, 2014

Tax Credits: What Working Families Need to Know, October 16, 2014

October 10, 2014

This webinar focuses on the changes that the IRS and the Social Security Administration have implemented since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  If you’re a legally married same-sex couple, what do these changes mean for you?  What’s new or different about filing your taxes, or claiming Social Security?