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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

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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Take the Pledge on Paycheck Fairness

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: November 19, 2010 at 06:21 pm

I sat in the Senate Gallery last Wednesday with some incredible coalition partners and colleagues, watching the Senate vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Paycheck Fairness Act: The Fight Continues

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: November 17, 2010 at 03:58 pm

I’ll be blunt—this hurts.

Today the Senate took its first vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, but the bill did not receive enough votes to proceed with debate on the merits of the bill. The fact that some Senators would not even allow an up or down vote on the merits of this important bill is hard to swallow.

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Breaking: Vote on Paycheck Fairness Expected Tomorrow!

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: November 16, 2010 at 05:27 pm

Tomorrow your Senators will vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act! That’s right – after months of preparation, tomorrow is the big day. Precious few hours remain for our Senators to get the message: support the Paycheck Fairness Act and Stop Discounting Women.

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OCR Is Right—Schools Need a Refresher on Bullying and Harassment

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: November 11, 2010 at 03:17 pm

Yesterday, it was widely reported that a school district in Ohio is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the parents of Sladjana Vidovic, who committed suicide at the age of 16 after being bullied relentlessly.

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