What We Do

What We Do

LEGAL MOMENTUM—The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund

Legal Momentum is the nation’s oldest legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. For more than 40 years, Legal Momentum has made historic and enduring contributions to the rights and opportunities available to women through its advocacy, litigation, and educational initiatives.

Legal Momentum focuses on five priority areas to ensure that its work will advance the economic and personal security of the most vulnerable women, especially poor, immigrant and low-wage working women. Our programs focus on the following:

  • Women and Poverty: The poverty rate for adult women has been substantially higher than for adult men in every year since official poverty measurement began. Legal Momentum is proposing policy solutions that will alleviate women and children’s poverty.
  • Women face violence at home, on the street, and in the workplace. Notwithstanding one of Legal Momentum’s signature achievements – passage of the Violence Against Women Act—supportive services, rights and protective measures for victims remain inadequate.
  • Nearly 50 years after sex discrimination in employment was prohibited, women continue to be paid less, face sexual harassment, and confront barriers to hiring and promotion. These challenges are severe for women in “non-traditional” jobs. Legal Momentum works to protect the workplace rights of women, especially vulnerable populations.
  • Legal Momentum has expertise and resources across a wide range of areas related to discrimination, gender equity, and gender bias. Ranging from sexual and reproductive rights and teen dating violence to gender bias in the courts, Legal Momentum continues to champion the rights of women and girls and to work to eradicate harmful stereotypes and policies shaped by bias while promoting policies and practices that reflect the realities of women’s lives, and advancing their rights under the law.
  • Women continue to hold jobs with lower salaries and fewer benefits. They face barriers to employment in job sectors from which they have long been excluded. Job training programs for both adults and students too often reinforce these trends, failing to provide women and girls with competitive skills and a path into non-traditional, well-compensated jobs.
  • Additional Legal Momentum programs that address critical issues.

Contact Us

HEADQUARTERS

5 Hanover Square, Ste 1502

New York, NY 10004

(212) 925-6635

E-MAIL

Media Inquiries: info@legalmomentum.org

Other Inquiries: peo@legalmomentum.org