CWLC comments on the importance of collecting pay data in California

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

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

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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Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: The Politics of Women’s Health

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

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

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

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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The Supreme Court: What’s At Stake

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.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day

  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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Lactation 101: Lactation Accommodations in Los Angeles County Higher Education (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

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.

CWLC Announces Recipients of the 2017 Pursuit of Justice Awards

  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -­‐ The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Pursuit of Justice Awards: The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, California State Senator Connie M. Leyva, and the Los Angeles Sparks. The Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award is bestowed annually and recognizes the longstanding
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2016 Pursuit of Justice Awards

CWLC was proud to honor the Downtown Women’s Center, The Kaiser Family Foundation, and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles with the 2017 Pursuit of Justice Award.

Fall 2014 Update

IN THIS ISSUE: Distinguished Speaker Series with Erwin Chemerinsky, Ninth Circuit Victory on Sweetwater, Legislative Session Wrap Up, Reproductive Justice Coaltion of Los Angeles Hobby Lobby Protest, CWLC Welcomes Laura Riley

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

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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Town Hall Meeting with Phyllis W. Cheng, Director of DFEH

CWLC and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) hosted a town hall meeting with the Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and Gregory Mann, DFEH’s Senior Staff Counsel. The discussion centered on recent developments at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and how legal advocates could most effectively work with DFEH to improve services

Summer 2014 Update

IN THIS ISSUE: Town Hall with Phyllis Cheng, PasadenaLEARNS Settlement, The 2014 Pursuit of Justice Awards Luncheon, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, New Board Member: Christa Demeke

Distinguished Speaker Series: Hon. Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye – Chief Justice of California

On June 2nd, the California Women’s Law Center hosted a conversation with Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, the Chief Justice of California, and Betsy Butler, CWLC Interim Executive Director. California’s Chief Justice addressed the limitations and far-reaching consequences of an under-funded court system. These financial challenges profoundly impact access to justice for women and girls in our state.

Pursuit of Justice Awards 2014 – Honoring Senator Barbara Boxer

In June 2014, CWLC honored US Senator Barbara Boxer and UC Berkeley School of Law Professor Nancy Lemon at the 2014 Pursuit of Justice Awards. Thank you again to all of our guests and our sponsors who made the event such a success and our work possible.

CWLC Participates in Rally to Stop the Sultan of Brunei

On May 5th, California Women’s Law Center Interim Executive Director spoke at a rally to stop the Sultan of Brunei’s barbaric policies against women and the LGBT community.  Betsy joined Jay Leno and members of the Feminist Majority along with icons Dolores Huerta, Ellie Smeal, Lorri Jean and many others in front of the Beverly Hills
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Spring 2014 Update

IN THIS ISSUE: The 2014 Pursuit of Justice Awards, Updated Mission | New Location, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Staff in the Community

Distinguished Guest Speaker Series: Jackie Lacey

On March 19th, O’Melveny & Meyers, LLP, generously hosted an evening with Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. She spoke before an engaged audience and argued for the expansion of alternative sentencing courts in order to help address prison and jail overcrowding in California.