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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

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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Give the Public What it Wants—Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: June 09, 2010 at 03:30 pm

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

President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963, making it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. At the time, women made only 59 cents on the dollar. 47 years later, the wage gap persists—women make only 77 cents for every dollar made by men, and for women of color, the numbers are even worse. The persistent wage gap, coupled with the egregious conduct highlighted by recent high profile law suits, make clear that the current laws to prevent discrimination in the workplace are not up to adequately addressing pay discrimination.

Turns out, the public agrees. 

In a nationwide poll released today, 84 percent said they supported "a new law that would provide women more tools to get fair pay in the workplace." Participants were told that the "law will also make it harder for employers to justify paying different wages for the same work and ensure that businesses that break the law compensate women fairly." And 72 percent of respondents strongly supported such a law.

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