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Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment

Fatima Goss Graves is Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women's Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school and in the workplace. Ms. Goss Graves advocates and litigates core legal and policy issues relating to at-risk girls in school, including those that impact pregnant and parenting students, students in a hostile school climate and students participating in athletics. She further works to advance equal pay for equal work, expand opportunities for women in nontraditional fields, and ensure the development of fundamental legal principles of equal opportunity. She uses a number of advocacy strategies in her work on these issues ranging from public education and legislative advocacy to litigation, including briefs in the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an appellate and trial litigator at Mayer Brown LLP. She began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ms. Goss Graves is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and Yale Law School.

My Take

The Clock's Ticking for Wal-Mart Women - Be Among the First To Know

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: June 10, 2011 at 03:26 pm

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. But, 48 years later, women still face discrimination in the workplace — women like Betty Dukes, who brought her case against Wal-Mart all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court in March.

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Keep Up the Fight for Paycheck Fairness

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: March 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

This week the President renewed his call for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Barring the Unemployed from Applying to Jobs—Absurd!

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: February 17, 2011 at 05:07 pm

People say that "it’s easier to get a job when you have a job." Now some employers and job search firms are taking this old saying to a new level by excluding unemployed job seekers from their applicant pools entirely, either limiting applicants to those who are currently employed or those who have been employed within a recent period of time.

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Female Athletes Are Competitors On and Off the Field

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: December 08, 2010 at 05:56 pm

There is no doubt that it is tough out there right now. In 2009, over 5.8 million women were unemployed. And with the Paycheck Fairness Act falling just two votes short in the Senate, women will continue to have too few tools to address pay discrimination in the workplace.

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