National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

Non-profit founded in 1972 and based in Washington, D.C. Through litigation and policy initiatives, the Center strives to improve the lives of women and their families.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Research/Policy/Organizing
Acronym or short name: NWLC
Tags: Women

The Center’s research, analysis, and advocacy take place when legislatures are enacting or amending laws, the executive branch and its agencies are writing regulations or otherwise enforcing laws and policies, and the courts are reviewing actions. The Center also conducts campaigns and public awareness efforts to educate and mobilize the public to press for policy changes to improve women’s lives.

Today, the Center has an experienced staff of about 70 who identify and address the most important issues facing women and their families



The Author of the ‘Stealthing’ Study on Changing How We Talk About Rape

Linda Yang
December 10, 2017
Alexandra Brodsky, author of the study that looked into the trend of nonconsensual condom removal during sex, talks to Broadly about her research's impact.

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Time’s Up Defense Fund Could Have Major Impact, but Also Faces Conflicts

Gene Maddaus
January 11, 2018
The fund will be based at the National Women’s Law Center, which launched a network of cooperating attorneys to take on sexual harassment and gender discrimination in October.

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After ‘Me Too,’ women want justice. Lawyers have bad news for them.

Jessica Contrera
Washington Post
February 4, 2018
Despite the torrent of attention being paid to sexual harassment and discrimination, the legal system in place to respond to related claims has not changed. Many have been inspired to seek legal action only to learn that it’s probably too late to file a lawsuit.

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How falling behind on child support can end in jail

Irin Cameron
April 9, 2015
South Carolina has one of the harshest regimes in the country when it comes to punishing parents who don’t pay child support.

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