CWLC Is Here to Help During COVID-19

March 27, 2020


As we confront the known and unknown challenges of COVID-19, we recognize life is dramatically more difficult for many people today than it was just a few weeks ago.  Women face discrimination on a daily basis and many are especially impacted by this crisis. The gender pay gap, the threat of domestic violence, and the
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Stop Religious Restrictions in Health Care at UC

March 27, 2020


CWLC signed onto a letter sent to the University of California President and Board of Regents on March 16, 2020, urging them to push back against religious restrictions in health care on campus. You can read the letter below.

Trump is Allowed to Pursue His Domestic Gag Rule, Courts Rule

March 27, 2020


With the coronavirus expanding across the nation and threatening the viability of our health care system, the inequities of care in the US are underscored and include reproductive health care options and access. Read CWLC’s article featured in Ms. Magazine here.

2020 Pursuit of Justice Awards Luncheon

March 2, 2020


Each year, CWLC hosts our Pursuit of Justice Awards luncheon to recognize leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the advancement of gender equality. This year, we are proud to honor California’s Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. We invite you to join us in applauding these champions and supporting CWLC’s mission pursuing justice for women and girls on May 13, 2020.

Betsy Butler on The Deciders

January 3, 2020


Click here for Betsy Butler on The Deciders with Renee Fraser on December 21, 2019 Aging women face unique challenges. Listen to CWLC Executive Director, Betsy Butler, discuss this and other aging issues with Renee Fraser on The Deciders!

CWLC’s Rizo v. Yovino Amicus Brief

December 18, 2019


CWLC’s Title X Amicus Brief

December 11, 2019


CWLC’s Comments on the Proposed Changes to the SNAP Program

December 6, 2019


Please click the file above to view CWLC’s submitted comments on the proposed changes to the SNAP program. CWLC believes the proposed changes to the SNAP program would exacerbate the struggles women with low incomes have paying for food and utilities. CWLC strongly believes that all low income women, women of color, immigrant women, and
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Updated Breastfeeding Report Card

November 6, 2019


Click the link below to access CWLC’s updated Breastfeeding Report Card, scoring all schools in the Los Angeles School District for their Title IX breastfeeding accommodation compliance.

CWLC’s Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune

October 31, 2019


Politics play a dangerous role in women’s health care. Click here to read CWLC’s op-ed featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

2019 Handbags of Hope

October 2, 2019


National Women’s Health and Fitness Day 2019

September 25, 2019


Today, September 25, is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, and more than 500 groups across the country will encourage women to be healthy by hosting events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation centers, schools, and other community locations.  You can join an event near you, or participate on your own by
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Native Women’s Equal Pay Day 2019

September 25, 2019


September 23, 2019 is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day in the United States, which marks how far into 2019 the average Native woman must work to earn what a white male did in 2018. On average, Native women earn only 58 cents on the dollar, and this year Native women had to work nearly 22 months to earn what an
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25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

September 13, 2019


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). On this day in 1994, Congress officially recognized violence against women as a national crisis and took steps to combat gender violence on a national level. VAWA allocated resources to create specialized training and education for law enforcement and criminal prosecutors as well
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Women’s Equality Day 2019

August 26, 2019


Today, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, commemorating women’s hard-fought victory officially gaining the right to vote (Congress passed the law in 1919, it was ratified on August 18th and finally certified on August 26th, 1920). We recognize that women’s equality remains on ongoing effort. We encourage everyone to stay active in this fight– here are
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CWLC Mendez Amicus Brief

August 26, 2019


CWLC Vargas Opinion

August 26, 2019


Want to know what a Title IX fraternity hazing case means for women on campus? Read our latest article in Ms. Magazine

Ms. Magazine Title IX Hazing Headline
August 16, 2019


Check out the article here.

Our Article Featured in Ms. Magazine

July 23, 2019


Check out our featured article is Ms. Magazine. Title IX continues to change lives. CWLC is grateful to be partners with Ms. and the Feminist Majority Foundation in the fight for additional life-changing, gender equity affirming actions, policy and law. Onward! Read the article here.

Read Our Argonaut Op-Ed

July 18, 2019


Equality wins championships and access to sports can change girls’ lives. Check out our latest Op-Ed in the Argonaut. Click here to read our Op-Ed.

Read our Op-Ed Published in the LA Times

July 10, 2019


Read our Op-Ed in the LA Times. The U.S. Women’s National Team is fierce, and underscores the success of Title IX as well as the persistence of gender discrimination. Check it out here.

Recognizing the 47th Anniversary of Title IX

June 24, 2019


This week we celebrate the 47th 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 gender.

A Victory for Survivors of Domestic Violence (and CWLC)!

June 13, 2019


Last month, we scored a major win in the fight for justice and the safety of domestic violence survivors: A California woman was denied a restraining order against her abusive partner when the civil court she was petitioning refused to grant it on the basis that she already had a criminal protective order in place.
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Recognizing the Anniversary of the First Equal Pay Act and Mom’s Equal Pay Day

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June 10, 2019


Today marks the 56th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act, which was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The Equal Pay Act sought to combat pay discrimination based on gender in the United States, acknowledging that gender discrimination is detrimental to our workforce and the economy. While the
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Denim Day 2019: Are You Wearing Denim?

April 23, 2019


Wear your jeans with a purpose tomorrow. Join Peace Over Violence and millions of people around the world on April 24, to don denim in support of sexual assault survivors and send the message that sexual violence will not be tolerated. This now-annual Denim Day was sparked 20 years ago when Italian Supreme Court justices overturned
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Recognizing Dolores Huerta Day!

April 10, 2019


              CWLC is proud to recognize Dolores Huerta Day, celebrating Ms. Huerta’s 89th birthday! A lifelong advocate for social justice and equality on behalf of workers, immigrants, women and youth, Ms. Huerta emerged as an organizer and civil rights leader at an early age, launching the National Farm Workers
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Winston & Strawn to Assist Legendary U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in Obtaining Fair Pay

March 15, 2019


              We are proud to share that a team at Winston & Strawn, including the Co-President of the CWLC Board of Directors, Diana Hughes Leiden, is leading the charge for equitable pay on behalf of the U.S. women’s national soccer team. The women’s team has endured years of gender
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Today is Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day

March 5, 2019


Today is Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of days into 2019 that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women need to work to make what white, non-Hispanic men earned on average in 2018. That means AAPI women must work, on average, two extra months to make up
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CWLC Recognizes February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 15, 2019


            February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time for advocates to join together to raise awareness about teen dating violence, highlight efforts to combat this violence and encourage others to get involved. Each year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide are victims of abuse from a dating
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CWLC Releases Updated “ABC’s of Breastfeeding” Report Card

February 11, 2019


Today, the California Women’s Law Center announces the release of our updated “ABC’s of Breastfeeding” report card for Los Angeles County school districts. This report card updates our 2016 publication of the ABC’s of Breastfeeding in Los Angeles County which was done in partnership with BreastfeedLA and the ACLU of Southern California. In 2015, California
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CWLC Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

January 29, 2019


                  A decade ago, on January 29, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Act amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to allow women to assert their pay equity claims by clarifying that each discriminatory paycheck resets the 180-day statute of
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Roe At 46

January 22, 2019


          Today marks the 46th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade which recognized a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. While the historic Roe decision established a woman’s right to choose nearly five decades ago, many states continue to pass laws and use other
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CWLC Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

January 21, 2019


          Equality and justice were the foundation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. In 1983, Congress and President Ronald Reagan enacted legislation to honor Dr. King’s legacy by creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King was the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, heading the
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Support Students and Take Action Against Proposed Title IX Changes!

January 12, 2019


The rights and safety of women in the United States continue to be challenged. Over the last two years, the current administration has marginalized American women and girls on several fronts, and now Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed new regulations that will strip away vital protections for survivors of sexual assault and harassment
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Thank You to Our Veterans

November 11, 2018


        On this Veterans Day, the California Women’s Law Center would like to recognize the sacrifice our service members and their families have made in protecting our nation. As we acknowledge our veterans for their heroism and service to country, CWLC remains committed to being an advocate for those who have bravely
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CWLC Recognizes Latina Equal Pay Day

November 1, 2018


            Today is Latina Equal Pay Day, marking the day in 2018 when the average wages paid to Latinas in the United States in 2017 finally catches up to that paid to white, non-Hispanic men in 2017. Nationally, Latinas working year-round and full-time in 2017 earned 54 cents on average
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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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