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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

A Big Step for Paycheck Fairness

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: October 06, 2010 at 09:41 am

We reached an important moment in the Stop Discounting Women campaign last week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a cloture petition on the Paycheck Fairness Act—in Washington Beltway language that means the bill is being prepared for a vote when the Senate returns in November.

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Time is Running Out!

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: September 21, 2010 at 09:54 am

Lilly Ledbetter is coming to Washington this week with a single message—Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. And while she is here she will meet with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis to discuss how devastating the wage gap is to families in this critical time in a live webinar. It is critical that the Senate pass this legislation during this work period.

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No Change in the Wage Gap

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: September 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

This morning the U.S. Census released its annual data on income and poverty. We expect to see a number of sobering statistics in the data, and you’ll receive updates throughout the day as we wade through all the data. But one thing is clear—women on average still make 23 cents less for every dollar earned by a man.

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The Right Side of History

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: July 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

I had the pleasure of attending the White House Middle Class Task Force event, where the Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force presented its recommendation to help close the wage gap (which, if you read this blog you know stands at 77 cents on the dollar and is even worse for women of color). The Task Force announced that it would engage in additional data collection, public education, and coordination among the key agencies to enhance enforcement of the nation's

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Attacks on Justice Thurgood Marshall – Really?

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: June 30, 2010 at 07:52 pm

by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education
and Employment,
National Women's Law Center

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