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Subscribe NowOur LM in Action Series highlights the work of our organization. This national newsletter provides an interesting and challenging look at current legal and political issues critical to the advancement of women and girls. Stay up to date with the changes that lie ahead in the struggle for women's rights.

  • August 2020
    • Many groups of women have historically been undercounted in the Census
    • Census data determines the allocation of many public benefits that are important for women, including childcare, medical care, and food service programs

    • An accurate Census count is especially important for survivors because it determines federal funding for victim services

  • August 2020
    • One hundred years ago today the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees and protects women’s right to vote, became law
    • While women gained the right to vote a century ago, we have yet to realize full gender equality in society and under the law.
    • Passing the ERA is an important next step in securing women's legal rights
  • August 2020
    • The compounding impacts of gender and racial discrimination continue to hold Black women back.
    • Black women earn a mere 63 cents for every dollar earned by a white man.
    • We must enact a living wage, call for pay transparency, eliminate discriminatory practices, and increase women's access to higher-paying fields.
  • August 2020
    • Supreme Court decision on July 8 upholds & expands religious carve-outs that undermine women’s access to reproductive health and workplace equality
    • Employers with “moral” objections can refuse contraceptive care; 126,000 women could lose access
    • An expanded ministerial exception means women at religious institutions may not be protected by anti-discrimination law. 
  • July 2020
    • On July 2, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court solidified a critical victory for pay equity when it denied a petition to hear Rizo v. Yovino
    • Employers’ practice of relying on an employee’s previous salary to set her new salary perpetuates discriminatory pay practices
    • Salary history bans are effective
  • July 2020
    • We were focused on bringing important employment discrimination cases under the Title VII provision of the recently passed Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • Hire Him, He’s Got Great Legs sought to highlight the inequality of women’s rights in the workplace, especially around sexist hiring practices
    • The campaign is archived in the United States Library of Congress
  • July 2020
    • The pandemic has highlighted longstanding gender and racial inequalities
    • The crisis brings renewed urgency to enacting measures that we have championed for decades, including more equitable workplace practices
    •  Women and people of color must be at the decision-making table and their rights, interests, and voices must be at the center of our policy response
  • July 2020
    • Proud to be a signatory to the ERA Coalition’s amicus brief in support of the Equal Rights Amendment
    • We are  proud to have contributed to the brief’s section on domestic and sexual violence
    • To read the full brief, visit our website here
  • July 2020
    • This law, if upheld, would have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state to one.
    • Five states already have only one remaining abortion clinic
    • June Medical Services was a small piece of a broader anti-choice strategy
  • July 2020
    • Lynn Hecht Schafran, our Legal Director and Director of our National Judicial Education Program, was appointed on task force
    • Governor Cuomo accepted the recommendations of the Task Force in full
    • The Task Force’s full report is available
  • June 2020
    • We submitted an amicus brief in another landmark case, Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins (1989), which shaped Title VII jurisprudence and paved the way for the Bostock victory
    • Price Waterhouse was the first Supreme Court case to utilize psychological research on sex stereotyping
    • We have fought tirelessly to uphold the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • June 2020
    • Black women have led many of the most prominent sexual harassment challenges throughout American legal history
    • National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) has long sought to address the exceptional barriers faced by women 
    • Our Legal team stepped up to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by providing our support and our expertise to women workers

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