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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

Equal Protection for Unmarried Fathers

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: November 10, 2010 at 11:51 am


We all recognize the stereotype of the unmarried father—absent, uninterested, and uninvolved in his kids’ lives. But the cliché that unmarried fathers never have meaningful relationships with their children—just because they aren’t married to their children’s mother—has never been true across the board, and today in 2010, it’s less accurate than ever.


What Anita Hill Did for America

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: October 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

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This week Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, called Anita Hill and left a message on her answering machine inviting her to apologize for testifying during Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings.


Don’t Wait Another Minute: Confirm Goodwin Liu

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: September 22, 2010 at 11:41 am

Professor Liu is exceptionally qualified, possesses a brilliant legal mind, and has demonstrated his commitment to public service. He was unanimously rated “well-qualified” by the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and has bipartisan support. As Professor of Law and Associate Dean at U.C.


Now That It Made History with Elena Kagan, the Senate Should Do Our Lower Courts Justice

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: August 05, 2010 at 04:32 pm

The Senate did the right thing today by confirming Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. I was honored to testify in support at the Judiciary Committee hearings, given her outstanding qualifications, exceptional legal talents, and dedication to the rule of law.


Judiciary Committee Approves Kagan's Nomination

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: July 20, 2010 at 03:45 pm

This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to be Associate Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court. The National Women’s Law Center just released the following statement: