National Women's Law Center
Marcia Greenberger, Co-President
Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security
Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment
Niesa Brateman Halpern, Vice President of Administration and Finance
Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel
Karen Schneider, Vice President for Communications
Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
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In the past half century, a commitment to principles of nondiscrimination and equality has transformed the lives of women and their families and the nation as a whole. But much remains to be done to ensure that the promise of equal opportunity is fulfilled in women's lives. We're working to realize a broad vision for progress for women and their families.
A congressional briefing to release the findings of a major new poll showing that a majority of Americans believe the government should play a larger role in shaping our economy and creating jobs.
President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens as an Associate Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court.
(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today praised Solicitor General Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S Supreme Court, as “an exceptionally qualified” person who is known for fair-mindedness and possesses considerable legal skills. If confirmed, Solicitor General Kagan would fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
Washington, DC – January 20, 2010 The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“Reports of the death of healthcare reform are greatly exaggerated."
“The key reason why health reform is not dead—and cannot be dead—is that the 31 million plus reasons why we need health reform did not disappear with yesterday’s news of the Massachusetts Senatorial election. The problems of a dearth of affordable health care, rampant insurance discrimination, gender rating, and insurance coverage that doesn’t meet the needs of women are still here."
“For women, the reasons why the healthcare reform fight must continue are particularly acute. Insurance discrimination for women with pre-existing conditions, like Chris Turner is still here. Turner couldn’t get health insurance at any price because she had received treatment as a sexual assault survivor."
“Skimpy or non-existent maternity coverage, like Sarah Wildman faced, is still here. Wildman spent $22,000 on the birth of her baby due to her insufficient health coverage."
“A woman like Peggy Robertson can still be denied coverage for having had a C-section. And Karen Harriman, a small business owner with an almost entirely female workforce, will still pay more to insure her employees simply because they are women. These practices must stop."
“Make no mistake, we remain determined. While yesterday’s election results may have been a surprise, an even bigger surprise awaits those who would say that health reform is dead. The fight for health reform is far from over."
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com.
Video to mobilize Americans to call on Congress to pass legislation that includes insurance coverage for abortion care
Washington, DC – January 7, 2010 – Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a new video on the extreme restrictions on abortion coverage in pending legislation as part of its public awareness campaign addressing health care reform, “Being a Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition.”
The video is a call to action to those who value women’s health to fight efforts by U.S. Rep. Stupak (D-MI), Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and others who want to take away women’s abortion coverage in the new health insurance marketplace. The video calls on Americans to urge their Senators and Representatives to protect women’s health and access to reproductive health care including abortion care in the final health care bill.
The aim of Stupak and his supporters is to prevent women from using their own personal funds to purchase an insurance plan that includes abortion coverage in the new health insurance exchanges—taking away essential coverage that most insurance plans provide today. The Senate provision authored by Senator Nelson also contains an unworkable and unfair approach to abortion coverage by imposing arbitrary and burdensome hurdles to secure access to abortion care.
“Women’s reproductive health care needs must not be used as a pawn in the effort to pass health care reform – period,” said NWLC Co-President Marcia Greenberger. “Through this video and our campaign, NWLC is mobilizing Americans to urge their Members of Congress not to take away coverage for abortion care that women currently have.”
The video features footage of Stupak discussing his amendment to restrict abortion coverage with “translations” pointing out his real impact such as “I can’t repeal Roe v. Wade, but I can do the next best thing: get rid of abortion coverage in health care reform” and “It should be impossible for anyone to get insurance that covers abortion.” The video calls on viewers to tell Congress to pass health care reform that works for women—including coverage of abortion.
The video, found at www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com, will be circulated widely through social media networks and paid online media. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com.
The video, found at www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com, will be circulated widely through social media networks and paid online media.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.AWomanIsNotaPreExistingCondition.com.
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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The fellow will work on a variety of issues, which may include: tax and budget policy, child care, income support, retirement security, education reform, equal education and employment opportunity, barriers for low-wage workers, and education
The fellow will focus on promoting opportunities for women and girls in school and at work. The issues may include improving graduation rates for girls, with a particular focus on low income girls, girls of color, and teen parents; addressing gender-based harassment and bullying; increasing gender equity in athletics, removing barriers for women in nontraditional education and job training; advocating for workplace fairness and equal pay. Responsibilities may include researching and analyzing policy and legal issues and drafting a variety of materials, such as memos, fact sheets, reports, comments on regulations, legal briefs.
As part of the Center’s work on women and health reform, the Health Fellow will work on a range of issues related to women’s access to health care, with particular emphasis on access to comprehensive and affordable health coverage for low-income women. Responsibilities will include gathering, analyzing and synthesizing research and data from a variety of sources; analyzing policy proposals; drafting reports and other written materials, and working with national and state-based coalitions on legislative and regulatory matters.