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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 Releases Statewide Breastfeeding Report Card for California School Districts

March 25, 2021

For Immediate Release February 24, 2021Contact: cwlc@cwlc.org, 323-951-1041 California Women’s Law Center Releases Statewide Breastfeeding Report Card for California School Districts LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24, 2021 – The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is releasing an analysis of the status of lactation accommodation policies in 414 California K-12 public school districts in 57 of the
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Free Legal Housing Clinic – Every Other Saturday

June 22, 2021

For the past few years, the California Women’s Law Center has hosted free monthly legal clinics to help renters understand their legal housing rights and avoid eviction. As the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates financial challenges for women and families, safe and affordable housing is an increasingly urgent need. CWLC makes available attorneys specialized in housing law
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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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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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2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards

May 29, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the California Women’s Law Center, we thank you for your generous support and partnership in working to secure justice for women and girls throughout California. In celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year, we were proud to recognize Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chris Hollinger, and Cindy Robbins at CWLC’s 2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards for their commitment to build a safer, more healthy environment for women and girls throughout the state and across the country. We thank Lilly Ledbetter, Nancy Solomon, Kathy Spillar and Dee Dee Myers for participating in the event and making our celebration even more memorable.

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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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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Fall 2018 Newsletter

December 6, 2018

      In this issue… Fighting for Equity for Girls in Sports CWLC Releases Comprehensive Sexual Assault Guide CWLC Outreach and Trainings 2018 Legislative Summary Spotlight: CWLC Interns Title IX Victory: Fighting for Equity for Girls in Sports For the past year, CWLC has represented female athletes at Sierra Vista High School in Baldwin
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CWLC’s Co-Sponsored STAND Act Signed by Governor Brown

October 1, 2018

Stand Together Against Non-Disclosure (STAND) Act Signed into Law in California The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is pleased to report that the Stand Together Against Non-Disclosure (STAND) Act has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) and co-sponsored by CWLC and the Consumer Attorneys of California,
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“A Guide to Federal and California State Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault Laws”

September 11, 2018

The California Women’s Law Center is proud to announce the release of our comprehensive legal guide, “A Guide to Federal and California State Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault Laws.” This Guide identifies and outlines various claims that can be brought for sexual discrimination, harassment and assault under federal and state law. Designated for use by
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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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The Supreme Court: What’s At Stake

August 21, 2018

CWLC and the Feminist Majority Foundation hosted an informative and important conversation about the Supreme Court and the direction of the federal judiciary on August 21, 2018 with panelists Michele Goodwin, Robert Bradley Sears, Amanda Hollis-Brusky, and moderator Betsy Butler.

2018 Pursuit of Justice Awards

May 17, 2018

CWLC was proud to recognize four outstanding leaders and champions who are pursuing justice for women, girls and families throughout the state. The 2018 honorees were Rita Hall, It’s On Us, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and Lois Thompson.

CWLC Speakers Series: Congressman Adam Schiff

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, Inc., and our sponsors Theane Evangelis, Esra Hudson, Adam and Diana Leiden, Pamela Palmer and Rasha Gerges Shields, for making the event possible.

“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.

CWLC Speakers Series: Women in Sports

September 20, 2017

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the California Women’s Law Center hosted a Speaker Series with Sue Enquist, Lauren Fendrick, Gwendolyn Oxenham and Violet Palmer titled “Women in Sports: Challenges & Opportunities.”

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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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.

Poverty Awareness Month and the “Aging, Women and Poverty In California” White Paper

January 3, 2017

CWLC has prioritized the specific and devastating effects of poverty on California’s aging population, and particularly its impact on our state’s aging women. In June 2016, CWLC joined the California Commission on Aging and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to present a ground-breaking forum titled Aging, Women and Poverty In California. The forum brought together policy leaders and experts from around the state to discuss the looming crisis facing California’s older women. Speakers at the forum tackled issues including retirement, elder justice, housing, food insecurity, health care access, and many other pressing matters older Americans face.

CWLC Advocacy and Legislative Updates from 2016

November 8, 2016

On September 28, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 813, the Justice for Victims Act. SB 813 eliminates the statute of limitations for rape and other felony sex crimes in California.

“Aging, Women and Poverty in California” Forum

June 8, 2016

On June 3rd, the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) co-hosted a forum entitled Aging, Women and Poverty In California at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. CWLC was honored to partner with the California Commission on Aging (CCoA) and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) to discuss the priorities and perspectives that community and policy leaders should be planning for as our population ages. With 34,000 Californians turning 65 each month, the Golden State should prepare for a dramatic change in the needs of its citizens.

Title IX Victory: Ninth Circuit Finds Sweetwater Union High School District in Violation

September 25, 2014

CWLC along with our partners at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, are excited to share another victory in our Title IX class action suit in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday. This September, the Ninth Circuit awarded a class of female athletes, represented by CWLC
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