Date and Time: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner and program
Location: Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
The Center's annual dinner is one of the largest in Washington and attracts a crowd of over 1,000 policy makers and leaders from the women's, civil rights, corporate and legal communities. Please join us!
No federal law explicitly requires fair and equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals in critical arenas including employment, housing, and education. In fact, there are still big gaps in federal laws protecting women from sex discrimination. As a result, individuals' lives across the country can still be thrown into turmoil without legal recourse. The Equality Act will codify basic rights for LGBT individuals for the first time in our country's history and strengthen legal protections for all women. Tell your Members of Congress to support the Equality Act.
For millions of women, unpredictable, unstable work schedules over which workers have little control make it hard to pick up kids on time from child care, to work enough hours to make ends meet, or to attend classes that could lead to a better job. Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Schedules That Work Act so women can work for a better future for themselves and their families.
For almost 40 years, women in the United States have suffered under a cruel federal law that takes abortion coverage away from qualified women, and specifically targets women who are struggling to make ends meet. And every year, opponents of abortion continue to try to expand the reach of this law to punish even more women. Only through political willpower and bold leadership can we begin to see the end of this harmful coverage ban. Thank Representatives Barbara Lee, Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, and Jan Schakowsky and 68 other Members of the House for taking on this bold fight for women’s health.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would help end wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. It would make it harder for employers to pay women less for the same work, prohibit retaliation against employees who talk about their pay, and require that employers who break the law fairly compensate the women they've discriminated against. Tell Congress to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act and support equal pay for all women.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would make it unmistakable: employers must make reasonable accommodations when workers have a medical need for them because of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions — just as the law already clearly requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for medical needs arising out of disabilities. Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
The Raise the Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour and give nearly 20 million working women, including more than 8.6 million women of color, a raise. Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Raise the Wage Act.
Have you faced discrimination at school or in the workplace? Had problems with health coverage or getting birth control? Do you have experiences to share from working a minimum wage job or living on Social Security? The National Women's Law Center would like to hear from you!
In the last few years, politicians across the country have passed a record numbers of bills that are shutting down abortion clinics and targeting abortion providers, making it more difficult and expensive for women to get an abortion. Tell Congress to support the federal Women's Health Protection Act and ensure that every woman — no matter where she lives — is able to access abortion when she needs it.
Right now, less than half of all 4-year-olds in the United States are enrolled in public or private preschool programs. Low- and moderate-income children are less likely to be enrolled than higher-income children. Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Strong Start for America's Children Act.