National Women's Law Center

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Sep 29, 2019

    Lawyers Fight for Everyday Women Bringing #MeToo Complaints

    Jaribu Hill didn’t opt for law school until her early 40s. She’d been a singer, actress, teacher and labor organizer before learning a college classmate had become head of a group for black female judges. “I can do that, too,” she thought. Hill has since become a leading civil rights and workers’ rights lawyer in Mississippi and now, at 70,...

  • Donald Trump May 17, 2019

    House Approves Sweeping Bill to Expand Gay Rights

    Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said...

  • Donald Trump Mar 18, 2019

    R. Kelly Case Spotlights Abuse of Girls in #MeToo Era

    The arrest of R&B singer R. Kelly on charges of sexually abusing girls as young as 13 has focused the lens of the #MeToo movement on underage victims like these, especially girls of color. The charges, which Kelly denies, follow a string of sexual misconduct accusations against Hollywood power brokers, media titans and Donald Trump during his run for president....

  • Donald Trump Feb 5, 2019

    Trump Judicial Pick: ‘I Cringe’ at Past Remarks on Date Rape

    President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court said Tuesday she cringes at some of the language she used as a college student in writing about sexual assault, race and equal rights for women. Neomi Rao told the Senate Judiciary Committee that writings in which she criticized affirmative action and suggested that intoxicated women were...

  • JUDGE Feb 3, 2019

    #MeToo Movement Not a 1-Year Phenomenon in State Capitols

    In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon’s labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct resigned. Then came new allegations of sexual wrongdoing in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, where a veteran male...

  • lawyer Oct 4, 2018

    Financially Struggling Women Get Help in Pursuing #MeToo Cases

    A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they’ve now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to pursue #MeToo-style sex harassment cases that they otherwise couldn’t have afforded. In its early phases, the #MeToo movement was epitomized by professional women from...

  • director Aug 14, 2018

    Time’s Up Gives $750,000 for Combating Sexual Misconduct

    A fund dedicated to aiding victims of sexual harassment and assault is giving $750,000 in grants to local organizations across the country. The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund on Tuesday announced its first round of grants to 18 groups helping support low-wage and domestic workers. Among the grantees are organizations working toward increased education and outreach, as well as groups...

  • The Associated Press Jul 16, 2018

    1st Comic-Con of the MeToo Era Grapples With Harassment

    Comic-Con, the annual gathering of over 130,000 fans, artists, collectors and geek culture savants, has already been changed by the #MeToo and Time’s Up era, with at least one notable figure stepping aside due to sexual misconduct allegations. But questions remain about its atmosphere and whether convention organizers will take any extra steps to address longstanding allegations of harassment issues...

  • Associated Press May 22, 2018

    10 McDonald’s Workers File Sex Harassment Claims in 9 Cities

    Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald’s on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities. The workers — one of them a 15-year-old from St. Louis — alleged groping, propositions for sex, indecent exposure and lewd comments by supervisors. According...

  • Donald Trump Feb 10, 2018

    WH Response to Abuse Claims Shines Light on Victims’ Fears

    When Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness stepped forward to tell the story of how they were physically, verbally and emotionally abused by their ex-husband, who had since become a top White House aide, President Donald Trump had nothing but good things to say about the man they had accused of domestic violence. Rob Porter “did a great job while he...

  • Facebook Mar 6, 2018

    #MeToo’s Global Impact: Big in Some Places, Scant in Others

    Thanks to the vast reach of social media and the prevalence of sexual misconduct in virtually every society, the #MeToo movement has proven itself a genuinely global phenomenon. Yet its impact varies widely from country to country, from potentially momentous to inconsequential. No other nation has experienced anything close to the developments in the United States, the movement’s birthplace, where...

  • Facebook Jan 10, 2018

    For Moms of Boys, Mixed Emotions Over Sexual Misconduct Saga

    Of the many American women dismayed by the wave of sexual misconduct scandals, there’s a subgroup with distinctive hopes and fears: mothers of boys. Among them are women who have sought to raise their sons, sometimes from infancy, to shun sexist mindsets and be respectful of girls. Yet even some of these mothers worry about countervailing peer pressure their sons...

  • The Associated Press Dec 28, 2017

    Universities Face #MeToo Movement Over Sexual Harassment

    When Celeste Kidd was a graduate student of neuroscience at the University of Rochester she says a professor supervising her made her life unbearable by stalking her, making demeaning comments about her weight and talking about sex. Ten years on and now a professor of neuroscience at the university, Kidd is taking legal action. She has filed a federal lawsuit...

  • attorney Dec 27, 2017

    Before the 1990s, Little Recourse for Harassment Victims

    Back in 1979, Karen Schneider was an entry-level copy editor in her 20s when a senior editor at her newspaper offered her a ride after some late-night drinks with colleagues. At her destination, he locked the car door and forcibly kissed her. Terrified, she managed to get away. She subsequently told her boyfriend about what happened — and no one...

  • The Associated Press Dec 9, 2017

    Anita Hill: Thomas, Weinstein Part of Arc Toward Justice

    Anita Hill told a room full of entertainment industry professionals that her 1991 testimony about Clarence Thomas and the flood of sexual harassment allegations surfacing now are part of “an arc that had been bending toward justice.”...
    Hill and National Women’s Law Center President Fatima Goss Graves spoke to Hollywood actors and executives Friday about how to parlay the momentum generated...

  • California Nov 6, 2017

    Uber Tackles Sex Assault Problem by Pledging $5M to Training

    Uber is pledging $5 million over the next five years to seven organizations that work to prevent sexual assaults, a move aimed at helping the ride-hailing service combat its own problems as well as society as a whole. The world’s largest ride-hailing company says the money will help the organizations fund their own programs as well train 150 of Uber’s...

  • Donald Trump Sep 7, 2017

    Education Sec. DeVos Plans to Overhaul Obama Rules on Campus Sexual Assault

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declared on Thursday that “the era of ‘rule by letter’ is over” as she announced plans to change the way colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault on campus. DeVos vowed to replace a set of rules enacted by the Obama administration in a 2011 memo known as the “Dear Colleague Letter,” which she said...

  • Donald Trump Mar 20, 2017

    Gorsuch Told Class ‘Many’ Women Manipulate Maternity Leave: Student

    A former law student of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee alleges that Neil Gorsuch told a class that “many” women manipulate their employers for maternity benefits and that law firms should ask female interviewees about their pregnancy plans in order to protect their companies, NBC News reported. Jennifer Sisk, a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School,...

  • NBC Sep 4, 2016

    What Advocates Are Doing to End Sexual Assault on Campus

    Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman by a dumpster, left jail Friday after serving half of his six month sentence. Due in part to his victim’s fierce and powerful statement on the case, Turner became yet another symbol of relative impunity even after being convicted. “I want the judge to know that he...

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