Gender discrimination is any action that grants or denies opportunities, privileges, or rewards to a person solely on the basis of their sex. Although women have taken great strides professionally and socially, they are often subtly and consistently denied full access to the same opportunities as men. Such discrimination is illegal. Examples include pay and benefit disparity and difficulty securing employment or promotions despite qualification.
In addition to advocating for change on a case by case basis, CWLC addresses gender discrimination outside the legal system through educational programs for women and the community.
Girls & Sports
Even though both state and federal laws prohibit sex discrimination in sports programs in publicly funded educational institutions and recreational facilities, girls are still losing out on the playing field.
Read more about CWLC’s work relating to girls and sports.
Educational Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students
Despite legal protections against sex discrimination in education, pregnant and parenting students are routinely stigmatized, marginalized, and coerced into attending substandard, non-traditional schools.
To read more about CWLC’s work relating to pregnant and parenting teens.
Thousands of women every year report that they have been discriminated against by their employer because of pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition. Pregnancy discrimination is prohibited under both Federal and California law, but women are still facing this form of discrimination every day.
Learn more about CWLC’s work relating to Pregnancy Discrimination.
More women are serving in the military today than ever before, and the rates at which they serve are expected to increase. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and sexual assault of women at the hands of their fellow soldiers occurs at much higher rates than in the general population.
Read more about CWLC’s work relating to Women Veterans.
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- Violence Against Women
- Reproductive Health
- Women’s Health