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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2018

 

                In 1989, Congress passed legislation designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The California Women’s Law Center observes DVAM to spread awareness, share resources and support victims.  Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional or economic, and
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Today is #NativeWomensEqualPay Day

September 27, 2018

 

Today is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of additional days in 2018 that Native women on average must work to make what their white male counterparts earned in 2017. In California, Native women  working year-round and full-time are typically paid only 57 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men,
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Violence Against Women Act – Make Your Voice Heard!

September 13, 2018

 

              By passing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on September 13th, 1994, Congress confirmed that violence against women is a national crisis and effectively combating it is a national priority. VAWA created a vital network of services for female victims of violence and established specialized training for prosecutors
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CWLC Recognizes Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2018

 

                  Today is Women’s Equality Day which recognizes the adoption of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. As we celebrate the great strides women have made toward achieving equality over the past century, we know much work remains to be
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CWLC reaches agreement in Title IX athletics case at Sierra Vista High School

August 23, 2018

 

The California Women’s Law Center, with co-counsel Legal Aid at Work and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, reached agreement in a Title IX athletics dispute involving female athletes at Sierra Vista High School in the Baldwin Park Unified School District. Girls’ volleyball players were forced to practice in an unsafe space in the gym while
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#BlackWomensEqualPay Day 2018

August 7, 2018

 

                  Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of additional days in 2018 that Black women on average must work to make what their white male counterparts earned in 2017. In California, Black women working year-round and full-time are paid on average 63
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Make Your Voice Heard and Fight Back Against Federal Threats to Title X and Reproductive Health Options!

July 19, 2018

 

          The rights of women in the United States are under attack. Over the last two years, the current administration has repeatedly taken aim at women’s reproductive rights and health care options, including allowing employers to refuse to provide birth control for their employees, cutting funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs,
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Supreme Court Strikes Down California’s Reproductive FACT Act in Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights

June 28, 2018

 

The California Women’s Law Center is disappointed by the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision that California’s Reproductive FACT Act is likely to be unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. Passed by the California legislature in 2015, the FACT Act sought to protect pregnant women from the deceptive and harmful practices of “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPCs) by
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46th Anniversary of Title IX

June 23, 2018

 

Today we celebrate the 46th anniversary of Title IX. On June 23, 1972, Title IX was signed into law, making it illegal for any educational program receiving federal funds to discriminate based on sex. While progress has been made since the passage of Title IX, female students still experience widespread discrimination. CWLC is proud to
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55th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963

June 10, 2018

 

                Today is the 55th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which amended the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit pay discrimination on the basis of sex. Fifty-five years later, women still do not receive equal pay. In 2017, women on
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CWLC Recognizes May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May 30, 2018

 

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. During this month, we recognize the progress that has been made to decrease rates of teen pregnancy across the nation as well as the challenges that remain. Since 1991, the birth rate among teenage girls has dropped 67 percent, and in 2016 the teen birth rate was 20.3
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2018 Pursuit of Justice Awards

May 17, 2018

 

2018 Abby J. Leibman CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S LAW CENTER PURSUIT OF JUSTICE AWARDS Recognizing outstanding leaders and champions who are pursuing justice for women, girls and families throughout the state. Rita Hall served as a Los Angeles County Sheriff for nearly three decades. Following retirement, she created Holy Helping Hands, a non-profit organization committed to providing
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Denim Day 2018

April 25, 2018

 

Today, survivors, activists and allies across the country are participating in Denim Day, a campaign to raise awareness about sexual violence, combat harmful misconceptions and reinforce the importance of consent.

Distinguished Guest Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff – April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018

 

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, CWLC was honored to host Congressman Adam Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and hear his perspective on a number of pressing matters affecting our country. CWLC thanks our co-hosts the Law Offices of Victor George, Genie Harrison Law Firm and Chris Hollinger/Sleeping Lion,
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 19, 2018

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The California Women’s Law Center recognizes that sexual violence is an unfortunate and pervasive problem impacting women, girls, and families across the country. In January, a national survey reported that 81% of women experience sexual harassment or assault in their lifetime. And, one in five women have experienced
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CWLC Congratulates Equal Rights Advocates on their Equal Pay Victory in the Ninth Circuit!

April 10, 2018

 

On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that relying on prior salary to justify a pay differential between a male and female employee is illegal. The 11-judge panel unanimously ruled that relying on such prior salary information is inherently discriminatory under the federal Equal Pay Act because the prior salaries are themselves a
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Equal Pay Day 2018

April 10, 2018

 

Today we recognize National Equal Pay Day. The 10th of April represents how far into 2018 women on average must work to make what men did in 2017. In 2017, women on average were paid 80 cents of what men were paid. The wage gap is even wider for women of color. As shown below,
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Women’s Herstory Month: Leaders in Science

March 30, 2018

 

  In appreciation of Women’s History Month, the California Women’s Law Center recognizes leaders in science. We thank the women who continue to break glass ceilings and achieve excellence in their field of work. Thank you for celebrating and acknowledging some of the incredible women who deserve recognition for their work with us this month.
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Women’s Herstory Month: Public Service Leaders

March 22, 2018

 

In observance of Women’s History Month, this week the California Women’s Law Center is proud to recognize leaders in public service. We celebrate their hard work and appreciate their dedication to strengthening and empowering our communities. Here are more inspiring Herstories!         Terri McDonald Terri McDonald is the Chief of the Los
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Oral Argument in “National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra”

March 19, 2018

 

Tomorrow morning, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral argument in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra which is considering the constitutionality of California’s 2015 Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act. The FACT Act was passed to address the harmful practices of “crisis pregnancy centers” which
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Women’s Herstory Month: Leaders in the Military

March 15, 2018

 

  In recognition of Women’s History Month, the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) recognizes leaders in the military and acknowledges their great sacrifice and achievement. Despite challenges, these women have soared in their service to our country. We are grateful for their brave and courageous leadership. Here’s to an inspiring Herstory Month!      
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International Women’s Day 2018

March 8, 2018

 

The California Women’s Law Center is proud to recognize International Women’s Day and our commitment to press for progress and gender equity. Created by suffragettes and first celebrated in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global celebration to honor the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD is also a time to
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Women’s Herstory Month: Change Makers

March 6, 2018

 

We are excited that March is here because it is Women’s History Month! Every day, but especially during this month, the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is proud to recognize courageous women who have shaped our past and upon whose sturdy shoulders we stand in our ongoing fight for fairness and equality. Over the course
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CWLC Fighting for Women’s Health at the Supreme Court

March 3, 2018

 

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the California Women’s Law Center filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in National Institute of Family Life Advocates v. Becerra. The brief was filed in support of California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, passed in 2015. The FACT Act addresses the
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Humphrey Decision Day of Action

February 16, 2018

 

Rallies Across CA Courts to Lift Up New Changes in Bail Law and Call to End Money Bail.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day

National Girls & Women in Sports Day 2017
February 8, 2018

 

  The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is proud to recognize National Girls and Women in Sports Day by celebrating the importance of fair play and honor the extraordinary achievements of female athletes. Girls who play sports are more likely to graduate, go to college, earn higher wages, have better physical and mental health throughout
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2017 Year End Letter

December 18, 2017

 

Happy Holidays to you and yours from the California Women’s Law Center staff and Board of Directors.
In peace and with respect for all, we wish you a happy and healthy 2018!

CWLC Amicus Briefs: Working to End Domestic Violence

December 7, 2017

 

This fall CWLC filed amicus briefs in two related domestic violence appeals with a third brief to be filed later this month. The briefs were drafted by Pepper Hamilton, who represented CWLC as amicus. This effort was led by Board Member and Pepper Hamilton partner, Pamela Palmer.

Amicus Brief Filed in U.S. Supreme Court on Economic Security of Older Women

November 20, 2017

 

CWLC was one of six organizations who filed a joint amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Lazar v. Kroncke.

Exciting Speaker Series on Women in Sports

October 26, 2017

 

The California Women’s Law Center hosted a Speaker Series with former UCLA softball coach and Title IX champion Sue Enquist, USA Olympic beach volleyball player Lauren Fendrick, film director and author Gwendolyn Oxenham and the NBA’s first female referee Violet Palmer on October 25, 2017 at the Feminist Majority Foundation in Beverly Hills. Their discussion titled
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“HIV Criminalization and Sex Work in California”

October 19, 2017

 

The California Women’s Law Center announces the release of the “HIV Criminalization and Sex Work in California” which analyzed the application of many of our state’s criminal laws related to HIV. In collaboration with The Williams Institute and the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center, CWLC was pleased to be able to participate in the creation of this report analyzing arrests made in California from 2005-2013 for prostitution and other offenses related to sex work.

2017 Legislative Victories for Women and Families in California

October 19, 2017

 

Dedicated to advancing the potential for women and girls, the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is proud to share that many of the important bills we supported this legislative session have been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. These bills will help ensure a more equitable California for women and girls.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 5, 2017

 

In 1989, Congress passed legislation designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month and always, the California Women’s Law Center supports victims of abuse and we continue to work to end domestic violence in California and across the country. Domestic violence can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional or economical, and often involves intimidation.
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Protections for Campus Sexual Assault Victims May Roll Back

September 8, 2017

 

Yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos signaled her intention to roll back protections for campus sexual assault victims put in place by the Obama Administration in 2011. The Department of Education’s actions are likely to discourage survivors from reporting sexual assaults and could prevent rapists from being held accountable.

“Lactation 101” in Local News

July 5, 2017

 

CWLC’s Senior Staff Attorney Amy Poyer was interviewed by local NPR station KPCC to discuss the release of CWLC and BreastfeedLA’s “Lactation 101: Lactation Accommodations in Los Angeles County Higher Education” and the importance of accessible lactation accommodation policies in schools. Listen to the audio and read the article here!  

Paid Leave Letter

June 29, 2017

 

CWLC, along with 342 other organizations from more than 40 states, signed this letter urging congress to stand with working families across the nation supporting paid family leave. Read the group letter to congress in support of real paid leave here.

Lactation 101: Lactation Accommodations in Los Angeles County Higher Education (2017)

June 23, 2017

 

Access to lactation accommodations is an issue at all levels of educational instruction.  Thus, Lactation 101 adds to our previous work at the K-12 level, broadening our coverage to 107 colleges, universities and institutes of higher learning in Los Angeles County. Of the 107 institutions evaluated, only 4 schools met four or more of the
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Supervisor Hilda Solis Recognizes Pico Union Project (PUP)

May 25, 2017

 

Supervisor Hilda Solis recognized the Pico Union Project (PUP) at the Board of Supervisors meeting led on May 24, 2017. Betsy Butler, CWLC Executive Director, was proud to help introduce PUP and acknowledge the inter-faith, multicultural jewel they are and to thank them for their commitment and generosity to the community. Support and learn more
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2017 Pursuit of Justice Awards

May 16, 2017

 

The California Women’s Law Center was honored to recognize amazing leaders and champions who are pursuing justice for women and girls: The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, California State Senator Connie M. Leyva, and the Los Angeles Sparks. Sponsorship opportunities available.

West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference

April 17, 2017

 

Please join the California Women’s Law Center in supporting the City of West Hollywood’s 11th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference & Network on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The Women’s Leadership Conference features a day of dynamic speakers, panel discussions, trainings and workshops.