Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund

Legal Momentum`s Women Valued leads legislative advocacy and rights-aware education initiatives focused on protecting the rights of groups that have long been underserved by our laws, including women of color, migrant women, victims of gender-based violence, and the disproportionate number of women relegated to low-wage work. “In preparing for the Supreme Court trial, NOW Legal Defense had the advantage of having a talented legal team with extensive experience. While virtually everyone in the office helped in one way or another, our in-house litigation team consisted of Martha Davis, General Counsel of NOW Legal Defense, Skadden Fellow, Risa Kaufman and myself. We wrote the briefs on behalf of Christy Bronzkala and coordinated amicus curiae briefs filed by sister organizations, professors, a congressman and 37 attorneys general to support the constitutionality of the law. Legal Momentum pursues precedents to define and defend women`s rights. It brings cases of national importance in the area of women`s rights and provides amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in cases dealing with core issues of its mission in four main categories: fairness in court, violence against women and girls, equality in the workplace and economic empowerment. and equal educational opportunities. Notable cases include United Steelworkers v. Weber, Amicus in Grove City College v. Bell, NOW v. Terry, Robinson v.

Jacksonville Shipyards, Inc., Saenz v. Roe, Faragher v. Boca Raton, Wedow and Kline v. City Kansas City and Florida Abolitionist and Jane Doe v. Backpage.com et al. Beginning in 1991, Legal Momentum worked closely with then-Senator Biden to draft and pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which dealt with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and harassment. Since 1994, VAWA has provided billions of dollars for victim services, education for justice professionals, and prevention programs to end gender-based violence. In the early 1970s, NOW LDEF raised funds to distribute to feminist research or policy projects seeking support. The organization soon began to establish and manage its own projects, the most important of which were the Project for Equal Rights to Education (PEER, 1974-1992) and the National Judicial Training Project (NJEP, 1980-ongoing). The Legal Defense Fund is the leading American legal organization fighting for racial justice.

Overview of the legal and economic guarantees and benefits available to meet the challenges and difficulties of this pandemic. Legal Momentum, founded in 1970, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the first and oldest women`s legal advocacy group in the United States. Betty Friedan and Muriel Fox co-founded and Muriel Fox is an ongoing leader of the organization. [2] Carol Baldwin Moody became President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. The organization, founded as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund,[3] became Legal Momentum in 2004. Legal Momentum is a cross-cutting organization[4] dedicated to promoting women`s rights and gender equality, particularly in the areas of equal opportunities in education. fairness in court; end all forms of gender-based violence; Equality in the workplace and economic empowerment. The organization employs three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and educational initiatives.

It is headquartered in New York City. [5] [6] [7] In September 1994, 18-year-old Christy Brzonkala was a freshman at Virginia Polytechnic University. She claimed she was raped by two college football players in her dormitory and brought her allegation that the defendants violated VAWA`s civil rights appeal in federal court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the complaint and sided with the defendants, represented by the Conservative Center for Individual Rights. “As a lawyer who had argued the constitutionality of VAWA`s civil rights appeal in lower courts across the country, I was thrilled to have the opportunity and excited to take on the challenge.” Legal Momentum is the oldest legal advocacy group in the country dedicated to promoting the rights of women and girls. For 45 years, Legal Momentum has made historic and lasting contributions to women`s rights and opportunities through advocacy, litigation and education initiatives. Legal Momentum rights now! The peer education program works with youth, especially young women of color, developing their knowledge and leadership on issues of gender-based violence and discrimination, empowering them to bring that knowledge back to their communities to teach others. New York – January 21, 2022 – Legal Momentum, the first and oldest women`s legal advocacy group in the United States, today announced the promotion of Jennifer Becker to General Counsel. In this role, she will maintain her burden while overseeing litigation strategies and policy solutions for Legal Momentum and its staff. At Legal Momentum, we recognize that the fight for gender equality is also a fight for racial justice.

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