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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.

The Fight for Title X Webinar Training

March 17, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Due to public health concerns, this training has been postponed. Title X, the national family planning program which was signed into law by President Nixon in 1970, provides millions of low-income women with access to birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment. Despite the face that Title X does not fund
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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.

Combating Child Marriage in the US

February 11, 2020

CWLC’S Child Marriage event has been indefinitely postponed due to community health concerns regarding COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact CWLC with any questions.

Fall 2019 Newsletter

January 29, 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!

2019 Amicus Briefs Summary

December 18, 2019

California Commission on Aging Hosted Forum to Discuss Critical Issues Facing Aging Adults

November 22, 2019

Click above to read the press release.

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.

Fair Play Act Webinar Training

October 22, 2019

Elder Economic Forum

October 22, 2019

November 19, 2019 | 1:00-5:00pm | Los Angeles LGBT Center The California Commission on Aging presents : Elder Economic Forum: Political, Economic, and Demographic Impacts on Retirement. If you would like to join CWLC at the California Commission on Aging event, please click here to reserve your space.

Betsy Butler Featured in the El Segundo Easy Reader

October 16, 2019

Executive Director Betsy Butler on KABC’s The Deciders

October 1, 2019

Click here to listen to Executive Director Betsy Butler discuss violence against women on KABC’s The Deciders. Click on The Deciders’ September 28, 2019 show to hear the interview!

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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Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2019

August 22, 2019

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, marking how far into 2019 a Black woman in the United States must work to earn the same amount as the average white man made last year. The gender wage gap continues to impact women of all backgrounds, and racial discrimination and bias are critical factors that have shaped Black women’s experiences in the workplace and
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Summer 2019 Newsletter

August 19, 2019

SUMMER 2019 CWLC Trainings and Community Outreach Advocating to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights Fighting for Survivors’ Safety in the Courts Join Us! #WeAreWomen with the LA Sparks & Handbags of Hope Letter from the Executive Director When chants of “Equal Pay” erupted after the U.S. Women’s National Team won their fourth World Cup, two of
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Want to know what a Title IX fraternity hazing case means for women on campus? Read our latest article in Ms. Magazine

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.

2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards

May 29, 2019

Thank you for Supporting CWLC’s 2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards and Recognizing 30 Years of Work on Behalf of Women and Girls! 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
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The Fight for Equal Pay with Activist Lilly Ledbetter

May 28, 2019

California Women’s Law Center’s Distinguished Guest Speaker Series Presents: The Fight for Equal Pay with activist Lilly Ledbetter       When Lilly Ledbetter learned she was paid less that her male colleagues, she spoke up – and ultimately prompted President Obama to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. To continue the
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Spring 2019 Newsletter

May 23, 2019

In this issue… Celebrating CWLC’s 30th Anniversary CWLC 2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards honors Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chris Hollinger, and Cindy Robbins on May 29th!  Recognizing Women’s History Month with Women Jurists Advancing Pay Equity with Lilly Ledbetter An Update: CWLC’s Breastfeeding Accomplishments Keeping Domestic Violence Victims Safe: CWLC Training Message from the Executive Director Three
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A Discussion with Women Jurists

March 7, 2019

A Discussion with Women Jurists   Special thanks to our Co-Hosts Theane Evangelis, Pamela S. Palmer, The Law Offices of Victor L. George, Jones Day, and Chris Hollinger/Sleeping Lion, Inc.                                                    
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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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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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Handbags of Hope

October 13, 2018

Handbags of Hope took place on October 13 at the LASD Youth Activities League in Los Angeles. The California Women’s Law Center is grateful to everyone who participated in the 2018 Handbags of Hope event which collected more than 1,100 bags in Los Angeles and thousands more across the country. CWLC has been a proud participant
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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

The Supreme Court: What’s At Stake?                 The Feminist Majority Foundation and CWLC 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. Kavanaugh
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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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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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“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 hosted an exciting Speaker Series on Women in Sports on October 25th, 2017

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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