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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.

  • January 2021

    Legal Momentum mourns the loss of our long-time board Vice-Chair, Professor Deborah Rhode. Deborah joined our board in 1999 and became a Vice Chair in 2000, serving in that position until her passing on January 8, 2021. Deborah Rhode was the second woman awarded tenure at Stanford Law School, where she taught until her death. For over thirty years, in books and articles and speeches, Deborah both acknowledged women’s progress and left no doubt about the mountains still to be climbed.

  • December 2020

    Legal Momentum looks forward to working with the new administration to center gender equity in its agenda, by prioritizing:

    • Eradicating violence against women and girls 
    • Ensuring workplace equality and economic empowerment,
    • Providing equal educational opportunities and,
    • Promoting gender fairness in the justice system.
  • November 2020
    • El conjunto de herramientas legales a favor de la igualdad económica de las mujeres está disponible aquí.

    • Se busca a garantizar que las mujeres y sus defensores comunitarios estén mejor informados sobre sus derechos en el lugar de trabajo y tengan herramientas para trabajar juntas para protegerlas.

    • Esta iniciativa empodera y eleva TODAS las mujeres

  • November 2020
    • The petition and our brief challenge an alarming ruling issued by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that threatens to eviscerate Title IX’s core safeguards against sexual harassment in schools.   
    • The Circuit Court acknowledged that the professor’s allegations of cheating were fraudulent, but nonetheless concluded that Rhodes College could not be held directly liable.
    • We argue that by artificially severing the sex-biased actions of Bose’s professor from the school’s expulsion, which was undeniably based solely on those actions, the decision undermines the core purpose of Title IX. 
  • October 2020
    • This Hispanic Heritage Month, it is critical that we recognize the courageous work and leadership of Latina women and address how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Hispanic women.
    • Latinas earn a mere 54 cents for every dollar earned by a white non-Hispanic man—the largest deficit within the gender pay gap.
    • Legislative responses to COVID-19 should support all Latina women workers and their families negatively impacted by this crisis, regardless of immigration status.
  • October 2020
    • We filed an amicus brief in support of Chrystul Kizer, a child sex trafficking victim who is currently facing first-degree murder charges in Kenosha County, Wisconsin for allegedly killing her sex trafficker.
    • At issue in this case is whether Ms. Kizer is entitled to assert an affirmative defense under Wisconsin Statute § 939.46(1m). 
    • In our brief, Legal Momentum and fellow amici  provide the appellate court with expert insight into the unique trauma of sex trafficking, arguing that Ms. Kizer is precisely the type of person the Wisconsin Legislature is intended to protect
  • September 2020
    • This election that will have life-altering consequences for women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized groups in our country.
    • Women’s policy issues are rarely given airtime during presidential debates.
    • We developed a set of questions for political candidates this election year that center the concerns of women and girls.
  • 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