Amicus Letter: Boermeester v. Carry

August 4, 2020


On July 30, 2020, CWLC and Equal Rights Advocates filed an amicus letter urging the California Supreme Court to grant review of the Court of Appeal’s decision. Our amicus letter argues that this decision, the most recent in a string of decisions from the Court of Appeal, has created a gender-biased procedural system in which
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Title IX Amicus Brief: Victim Rights Law Center v. Elisabeth Devos

August 4, 2020


On July 31, 2020, CWLC filed an amicus brief in the federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction to block the Trump administration’s harmful changes to Title IX regulations from going into effect.  This lawsuit was filed by survivor organizations and survivors themselves, and
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Title IX Amicus Brief Press Release

June 30, 2020


CWLC filed an amicus brief in a Title IX lawsuit against the US Department of Education, challenging a rule that would strip away protections for students who experience sexual assault and gender-based harassment on school campuses. Please click below to read the press release.

Title IX Amicus Brief

June 30, 2020


The California Women’s Law Center filed an amicus brief today in support of a lawsuit brought by eighteen attorneys general against the U.S. Department of Education challenging a rule that would strip away protections for students who experience sexual assault and gender-based harassment on school campuses. Please click below to read the filed documents.

New data analysis shows discrimination against women in collegiate sports is systemic and is getting worse

June 22, 2020


Click below to view CWLC and Champion Women’s press release regarding the status of Title IX athletics.

Free Virtual Legal Housing Clinic

June 1, 2020


Wondering How to Support Women and Girls? Fill Out Your Census

May 12, 2020


If you are wondering how you can support vulnerable women and girls during this pandemic, here is one simple and meaningful action: fill out your census form Betsy Butler Click here to read our latest piece in Ms. Magazine about what’s at stake for women and girls in the 2020 census. Make sure you fill
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Oracle Amicus Brief & Appendix

May 6, 2020


Some good news for pay equity: a CA court is allowing a class of more than 4000 women who are former Oracle employees to move forward with a gender pay discrimination lawsuit. CWLC proudly signed on to a related amicus brief last month. Read the brief and its appendix below.

Pay Data Collection Letter to the EEOC

April 23, 2020


CWLC has submitted comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), urging the federal government to continue collecting pay data. The economic security of women and their families is critical right now, yet the federal government wants to stop collecting pay data. You can read CWLC’s submitted comments below.

COVID-19 Equity Data Collection Letter to Governor Newsom

April 21, 2020


Transparency on COVID-19 testing and tracking is critical. CWLC is grateful for CA’s efforts to collect and release data, and we urge the state to bolster this by seeking data on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, disability, housing status, income, and essential workers so we can combat the virus on every front. Click below
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2020 ABC’s of Breastfeeding in LA Schools

April 3, 2020


Click below to read and download our updated 2020 version of our Breastfeeding Report Card for all LA county schools. Since its creation in 2015, CWLC has seen significant improvement in the breastfeeding accommodations and policies schools have in LA County.

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.

CCoA Elder Economic Forum

July 17, 2020


Please click here to watch the CCoA Elder Economic Forum, co-sponsored by CWLC. CWLC released a policy paper, Solving the Economic Security Gap for California’s Older Adults, which captures the information presented at the forum and recognizes the cumulative, long-term impact of gender discrimination, systemic racism, and other injustices that impact the vulnerability of older
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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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