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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

Dawn Johnsen’s Withdrawal from OLC a 'Profound Disappointment'

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: April 16, 2010 at 04:18 pm

The White House announced recently that law professor Dawn Johnsen had withdrawn her name from consideration for the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the Department of Justice,  and that President Obama had accepted her decision. The Obama Administration noted that Senate Republicans would not allow her nomination to come to a vote. 

The following is a statement by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, which was a strong supporter of her nomination.


Reflections on the Remarkable Legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: April 14, 2010 at 01:50 pm

By Marcia Greenberger, Co-President,
National Women's Law Center

Cross-posted from Huffington Post 

Many of the retrospectives on the legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens have talked about what an important force he was on the Court for almost 35 years. But few have recognized that women have been particular beneficiaries of his tenure.


Judge Sotomayor Approved by Senate Committee

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: July 29, 2009 at 05:34 pm

by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Yesterday, by a vote of 13 to 6, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This outstanding nominee is one step closer to making Supreme Court history.


As Judge Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings Approach...

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: June 26, 2009 at 09:34 pm

by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center 

We at the National Women's Law Center, like you, care deeply about the Supreme Court. A few weeks ago, we invited you to become a part of the important upcoming Supreme Court nomination process by letting us know what issues matter to you and what you want to learn more about as we approach Judge Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, which start on July 13.

We appreciate that you've let us know what you think, and are looking forward to continuing this conversation as we approach the hearings. 

As soon as we asked for your questions for Judge Sotomayor, we got a tremendous response. We received a wide variety of questions and comments, as would be expected, since the Supreme Court's decisions touch every aspect of women's lives in this country.

Many of your questions focused on the constitutional right to privacy, which prevents the government from interfering in decisions about whether to bear children and also protects many other aspects of Americans' daily lives, including keeping medical records private, living with members of one's family, and having consensual adult sexual relations. Many of you also wanted to ask Judge Sotomayor about her views on civil rights protections and protections against discrimination on the job and in school. 

Since you understand the wide range of issues that come before the Supreme Court, you also wanted to ask Judge Sotomayor about her views on combating violence against women and children; immigration; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights/marriage equality; the role of religion in judicial decision-making; health care reform; and foreign policy. You also wanted to know how she would approach interpreting the Constitution.

Some of the most frequently asked questions include:


What Would You Ask a Supreme Court Nominee?

Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President | Posted on: June 15, 2009 at 09:10 pm

by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center 

In just a few short weeks, the Senate will hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The confirmation process — scheduled for the week of July 13, 2009 — will allow the Senate and the American people the opportunity to learn even more about this very impressive woman and jurist.