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

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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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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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