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Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President

Described as "guiding the battles of the women's rights movement" by the New York Times, Marcia Greenberger is the founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center. The creation of the Center forty years ago established her as the first full-time women's rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C.

A recognized expert on women and the law, particularly in the areas of education and employment, health and reproductive rights, and family economic security, Ms. Greenberger has been a leader in securing the passage of major legislation, counsel in landmark litigation establishing new legal protections for women, and the author of numerous published articles. Examples include the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 providing critical protections against sexual harassment on the job, and Supreme Court victories strengthening protections for students and teachers against sex discrimination in schools.

Her leadership and contributions are reflected in the professional honors she has received and the numerous boards on which she has served. She has been given the James Wilson Award and the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women "Beacon" Leadership Award, the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Award for 2012, the National Association of Women Lawyers' Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lafayette College as well as the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award by the D.C. Women's Bar Association and the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award by the District of Columbia Bar. Additionally, she has been recognized by Working Woman Magazine as one of the 25 heroines whose activities over 25 years have helped women in the workplace, by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful women, by Legal Times as a "Top Lawyer" and one of its "30 Champions", and by Legal Times and The National Law Journal as one of "Washington's Most Influential Women Lawyers." She has received the Dr. Jane Evans Pursuit of Justice Award from Women of Reform Judaism, A Woman of Genius Award from Trinity College, the "21 Leaders of the 21st Century" Award from Womens eNews, and the Woman of Distinction Award from Soroptimist International of the Americas. She was elected to the Court of Honor of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, received the Hope Award from Calvary Women's Shelter and awards from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and the Center for Law and Social Policy. She received a Presidential appointment to the National Skill Standards Board, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Ms. Greenberger received her B.A. with honors and J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Caplin and Drysdale before she started and became Director of the Women's Rights Project of the Center for Law and Social Policy, which became the National Women's Law Center in 1981.

My Take

National Women’s Law Center Applauds Senate Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: April 24, 2015 at 09:13 am

Yesterday, the Senate made history by confirming Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General, marking the first time an African American woman has ever held the position. By any measure, Ms. Lynch is exceptionally qualified to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. She has repeatedly demonstrated that she is dedicated to public service and the rule of law, and that she has the legal expertise and sound judgment to serve the nation in this critically important role. 


2014 in Review: Judicial Nominations

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 03:25 pm

Now that the Senate has adjourned for the year, it’s a good time to consider the important accomplishments, in terms of judicial nominations, that took place in 2014. 

Diversity on the federal bench increased significantly. As of June 2014, the total number of confirmed female federal judges nominated by President Obama has exceeded that of any other President.  And a total of 36 female federal judges was confirmed this year under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Reid.  These appointments are changing the face of the federal judiciary:  with the confirmation of eight female Court of Appeals judges this year, the percentage of active women judges on the federal appellate courts has almost reached 35 percent.  The percentage of active female district court judges held steady at around 32 percent, and the percentage of female Justices on the Supreme Court remains at a record 33 percent. 


Closing the Wage Gap, for Everyone

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: October 09, 2014 at 02:43 pm

We’re listening. It’s important to us that our work includes all women. Here’s a statement from NWLC Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger on the Equal Payback Project.

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2013 In Review: Judicial Nominations

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: December 30, 2013 at 03:56 pm

As we prepare to begin a new year, it’s a fitting time to reflect on what 2013 meant for our federal courts. The Senate’s final votes of 2013 included several confirmations of judicial nominees who were not only highly qualified  but also brought  an unprecedented level of diversity to the federal bench. For example, over the last year alone President Obama has:


Why Nina Pillard Deserves an Up-or-Down Vote

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: November 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on whether or not to move to a confirmation vote on the nomination of Cornelia (Nina) Pillard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Nina Pillard is the second of three exceptionally qualified nominees to the D.C. Circuit pending before the Senate. She has had a remarkable legal career, checking every box of excellence and achievement. She has a broad spectrum of legal experience, having litigated at every level of the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, where she has argued nine cases and briefed dozens more. She served two tours in the Department of Justice, in the Solicitor General’s office and the Office of Legal Counsel. Currently, she is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she both teaches and serves a Co-Director of the Supreme Court Institute, which prepares lawyers for oral argument.

In addition to her stellar qualifications and extraordinary experience, however, Nina Pillard’s career has an additional outstanding characteristic: she has been involved in two of the most significant recent Supreme Court cases dealing with women’s legal equality. First, she wrote the winning briefs in the case that opened the Virginia Military Institute to women. After the George H.W. Bush Administration first challenged the school’s male-only admissions policy, she wrote the briefs on behalf of the Clinton Administration that convinced the Supreme Court to strike it down under the Equal Protection Clause. Nina Pillard’s role in the VMI case has earned her the support of VMI alumnae, the former VMI superintendent (who initially opposed the admission of women), and over thirty former military officials [PDF].