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CWLC and ERA advocate for the rights of victims before California Supreme Court

July 16, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 16, 2021 CONTACT: Amy Poyer, amy.poyer@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041 LOS ANGELES, CA — California Women’s Law Center and Equal Rights Advocates, represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, earlier this month filed an important amicus brief in support of the University of Southern California before the California Supreme Court in Boermeester v. Carry.  The issue before
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Troutman Pepper Pro Bono Team Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of California Women’s Law Center and 24 Nationwide Co-Signatories

June 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2021 CONTACT:Amy Poyer, amy.poyer@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041 ORANGE COUNTY, CA—On June 17, 2021, a Troutman Pepper pro bono team filed an amicus curiae brief in California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, on behalf of the California Women’s Law Center and 24 supporting co-signatories from around the country, including the Battered
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CWLC settles with Vista Unified School District over Title IX dispute

June 2, 2021

Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney for the California Women’s Law Center, was recently interviewed by ABC 10 San Diego about the Vista Unified School District Title IX athletics settlement involving female athletes at Vista High School. The girls’ softball team had inferior facilities, equipment, scheduling, promotion, and participation gap in comparison to the boys’ baseball team and other boys’ sports
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California Women’s Law Center Reaches Agreement to Level the Playing Field at Vista High School

May 25, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 25, 2021 CONTACT:Amy Poyer, amy.poyer@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041Kim Turner, kturner@legalaidatwork.org, 415-593-0054 California Women’s Law Center Reaches Agreement to Level the Playing Field at Vista High SchoolAgreement to Create a Level Playing Field for Girls Vista, CA: The Vista Unified School District is focused on their commitment to equity as a district value. To that
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CWLC Executive Director Speaks at SAGE’s Southern California Virtual Town Hall

May 5, 2021

On April 22, 2021 CWLC Executive Director Betsy Butler spoke with SAGE for their Southern California Virtual Town Hall about California’s aging LGBT population and the policy changes taking place to help ensure older residents live with dignity and respect. Watch the discussion with the panelists here.

CWLC comments on the importance of collecting pay data in California

December 24, 2020

Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney for the California Women’s Law Center, talked with Law360 about the importance of Senate Bill 973 which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in September. The bill seeks to address wage disparities in California by requiring large employers to submit annual pay data sorted by gender, race, ethnicity and job category to the Department of Fair Employment
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CWLC Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff

December 17, 2020

On December 16, 2020, The California Women’s Law Center was delighted to host a Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff which was moderated by Brad Sears of UCLA Law School.    The conversation underscored a number of pressing issues impacting women, families and the LGBTQ community as well as a discussion about the economic challenges we are experiencing due to COVID-19.   To
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CWLC teams up with LA Sparks for Pay Equity Panel

December 14, 2020

California Women’s Law Center is expanding a number of partnerships to be more effective advocates for women and girls. We are particularly proud of our strengthened relationship with WNBA Champions the Los Angeles Sparks. We are grateful the LA Sparks are using their platform to strengthen our communities via their #WeAreGirls Workshop, which seeks to
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CWLC Represents Plaintiff in Title IX Case Featured by Law 360

October 19, 2020

The California Women’s Law Center and The Zalkin Law Firm are representing a plaintiff who has accused the University of Southern California of acting negligently and with discrimination in a Title IX sexual assault case. Read Law 360’s piece featuring this case: “USC Law Grad Says School Rigged Rape Investigation”

Law.com Features CWLC Title IX Campus Sexual Assault Case

October 19, 2020

The California Women’s Law Center and The Zalkin Law Firm are representing a plaintiff who has accused the University of Southern California of acting negligently and with discrimination in a Title IX sexual assault case. Read Law.com’s piece featuring this case: “‘Replete With Sexual Misconduct’: Former USC Law Student Accuses Officials of Rigging Rape Investigation”

CWLC Talks to NBC7 About the Legacy of Justice Ginsburg

September 25, 2020

Like millions of women and men across the country, CWLC was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Justice Ginsberg’s sharp legal mind and staunch support of the rights of women and girls made her a fierce champion for equality. CWLC Senior Staff Attorney, Amy Poyer, spoke to NBC7-San Diego
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OpEd in Ms. Magazine: Black Women Paid Far Less than White Men

August 26, 2020

Read CWLC’s piece in Ms. Magazine: Black Women Must Work 8 Extra Months to Be Paid Like White Men This year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year a Black woman in the United States must work to earn the same amount as the average white man made last year,
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Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine: What the 2020 Census Means for Women

May 9, 2020

Read CWLC’s piece in Ms. Magazine, Wondering How to Support Women and Girls? Fill Out Your Census. The federally-mandated census will guide $1.5 trillion dollars in government spending involving more than 300 programs, and it will be used to inform electoral districts across the country. An accurate count is especially important for women, as disproportionately
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CWLC Featured in Sacramento News and Report

January 16, 2020

Read the Sacramento News and Report piece, Women Protect Their Rights, Pursue Equality, and Fight Trump. Women all over California are finding ways to assert their rights and fight for equality. The California Women’s Law Center’s Executive Director, Betsy Butler, was interviewed about CWLC’s legal and advocacy efforts to protect and advance the rights of
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CWLC on The Deciders: The Challenges Faced by Aging Women

December 21, 2019

Listen to CWLC Executive Director, Betsy Butler, discuss the challenges of aging with Renee Fraser on KABC’s The Deciders. Aging women face unique challenges. Enduring life-long pay inequity means a woman has less financial stability in her later years, and this and many other forms of discrimination compound to present unique challenges for aging women.
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Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: The Politics of Women’s Health

October 30, 2019

Read our full Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune: Political agendas are threatening your health care if you have a uterus. Relentless attacks on abortion access and family planning funding have opened the door for public funding to flow to ideologically-driven organizations that oppose contraception, teach abstinence-until-marriage, and only offer national family planning options like
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CWLC on The Deciders: Supporting Survivors and Spreading Awareness

September 27, 2019

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we invite you to tune in tomorrow, Sept. 28th, at 5:30pm to hear CWLC Executive Director Betsy Butler discuss violence against women on The Deciders with Renee Fraser on KABC 790 AM. As you’ll hear, CWLC is teaming up with Handbags of Hope to collect new and gently used handbags filled with personal care
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CWLC Featured in Easy Reader News

September 25, 2019

Read the full Easy Reader News piece Betsy Butler in the Service of Equality The California Women’s Law Center’s Executive Director, Betsy Butler, has a long history of fighting for justice, including the rights of women and girls. Her story was featured in the El Segundo Easy Reader News, a publication covering the local region
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CWLC is Here to Help During COVID-19

June 1, 2021

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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Ms. Magazine Op-Ed: Hazing case could mean safer campuses for women

August 15, 2019

Read our featured Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine, What This Title IX Case About Hazing Means for Women on Campus. Title IX is most known for the impact it has had on girl’s access to sports– but athletic opportunity is just one way this law enforces gender equality. A recent court case demonstrates that Title IX’s
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Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine: Title IX, Women’s Soccer, and Equal Pay

July 22, 2019

Read our piece featured in Ms. Magazine, Title IX Made the USWNT Win– and Their Fight for Equal Pay– Possible. Even with a massive platform, an outpouring of public support, and Nike’s highest-selling soccer jersey, the players on the U.S. Women’s National Team are still battling against pay discrimination. In more ways that one, these
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The Argonaut Op-Ed: Closing the pay gap after USWNT soccer victory

July 18, 2019

Read our Op-Ed published in The Argonaut, Title IX Helped America Win the World Cup; Now It’s Time to Close the Pay Gap. Equality wins championships and access to sports can change girls’ lives. When 20 million people tuned in to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team win their fourth World Cup title, most weren’t
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Op-Ed in LA Times: Thank Title IX for World Cup Win

July 10, 2019

Read our Op-Ed published in the LA Times, Captivated by U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Victory? Thank Title IX. The U.S. Women’s National Team is fierce, and underscores the success of Title IX as well as the persistence of gender discrimination. Their 2019 World Cup victory was entirely due to the hard work and talent of
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CWLC on KPBS Radio: What Aging Means for Women

May 22, 2019

Watch the KPBS “Midday Edition” live radio broadcast, Graying California: Profiles of Aging in the Golden State. Older Californians are the fastest growing age group in our state, and many are finding it challenging to age with dignity. Aging women have unique needs, as CWLC’s Executive Director, Betsy Butler, highlights in this panel discussion hosted
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