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Brigette Courtot, Senior Health Policy Analyst

Brigette Courtot was the Senior Policy Analyst for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center, where she focused on women's access to health coverage, implementation of the federal health reform law, and how various public policies affect women's health outcomes. Prior to joining NWLC, she worked as a Research Associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she conducted maternal and child health services research with an emphasis on access to care for underserved populations. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

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Scheduling Protections Under State and Local Law

Posted by Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women | Posted on: September 26, 2014 at 11:40 am

Today, the national women's Law Center released a fact sheet providing information about innovative state and local laws to protect workers from abusive scheduling practices. These existing state and local laws provide a useful model for other states and localities to consider. The fact sheet describes right to request, split shift, and reporting time pay laws in effect in the United States.


How The Hunger Games Reminds Us that We Need to Center Black Girls

Posted by Amy Tannenbaum, Program Assistant | Posted on: September 26, 2014 at 10:48 am

I am an avid fan of dystopia, especially of the young adult variety — from the Divergent trilogy to The Maze Runner to more obscure picks like Orleans and The Summer Prince, I devour it faster than it can come out.


African American Girls and STEM: Schools Can Do Better

Posted by Lauren Frohlich, Fellow | Posted on: September 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

These days, people talk a lot about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Promoting participation in STEM fields has been a priority of President Obama's for a while now. There’s concern that the United States is falling behind in STEM relative to our international peers. Campaigns to increase the involvement in STEM fields of women and people of color are propelled by reports like the recent one revealing the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. But what people don't talk about as much is what happens when the factors of race and gender are combined, and how we can get more African American girls into STEM fields.

STEM fields are widely thought of as the key to future success, from a national and individual perspective. Companies need workers trained in STEM to fill thousands of vacant technical jobs as part of what has been called the “skills gap,” and these jobs tend to pay well [PDF]. To make individuals more competitive in the job market and the United States more competitive on the world stage, we need to begin with a focus on STEM education. A new report from NWLC and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund examines the challenges African American girls face in education, including the lack of adequate STEM resources in schools that African American girls are far more likely than white girls to attend, as well as stereotypes that dissuade girls from pursuing STEM.


Louisiana Has the Largest Wage Gap, D.C. Has the Smallest in 2013

Today the Census released new state-level data on income in 2013. We’ve been crunching numbers on the wage gap—here the key facts you need to know:


7 Signs the Wage Gap is Played Out

The wage gap barely budged in over a decade and the latest data show that women working full time, year round only make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.To give you an idea of how long ago that is, here are some things that were popular back in the early 2000’s.