Annual Report

Annual Report

  • For women, this is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. The dramatic changes we have seen in the political and economic landscape, along with several key pieces of legislation that have recently passed or are soon up for reauthorization, offer new opportunities to improve women’s economic and personal security in ways that have not been possible in recent history.

  • Legal Momentum—now in its 38th year—faced new beginnings on two very significant fronts in 2008. First, with a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, we appointed Irasema Garza to be our new president. And second, of course, is President Barack Obama.

  • Since the beginning of 2007—more than a year before the next presidential election—the news has been dominated by the candidates and their positions on issues ranging from the ongoing war in Iraq to whether presidential candidates should wear flag lapel pins.

  • Legal Momentum has enjoyed a triumphant, if tumultuous year. We faced off against implacable right wing forces in Washington and won victories for women in their battles to overcome domestic violence, end workplace discrimination, find jobs in fields that once were reserved for men, maintain their right to manage their own reproductive lives, and, as immigrants, to live safe from the fears of violence and retribution.

  • 35 years. That’s how long we at Legal Momentum have been using the power of the law to advance the rights of women and girls. And advance we have. We are better represented in government. We have more employment opportunities and educational choices. We have more reproductive freedom. We are safer from domestic violence, sexual assault and workplace harassment.

  • What an exciting year! We slipped into our new aspirational name, Legal Momentum, and it fit like a glove. It felt so right to have a name that perfectly describes our essence—how we use the power of the law, not just to defend rights, but to motivate and inspire. Each victory, advance, each expansion of rights, leads to another opportunity, another path to choose, another exercise of freedom. With every legal achievement, we are building momentum for women and girls everywhere.

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