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Women's Rights

Women have fought - in the courts and the legislatures, as well as in the streets and the forums of public opinion - for the right to vote, to hold property, to be elected to public office, to gain an education, to hold certain kinds of jobs, and to receive pay equal to men. In addition, women face unique kinds of discrimination based on gender, such as sexual harassment and job discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.

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Department of Education Provides Guidance to Schools and Colleges on Handling Sexual Violence

April 7, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued a new guidance letter to schools and colleges to clarify Title IX requirements pertaining to sexual violence and harassment allegations.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Wal-Mart Class Action Case

March 28, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, an employment discrimination class action lawsuit. Civil rights groups are watching the case closely because the Court’s decision could limit the use of “class action” lawsuits and make it harder to bring large-scale discrimination cases.

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WH Report: Gender Pay Disparities Persist Despite Increase in Women with Higher Education

March 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Despite an increase in the number of women pursuing higher education, disparities between women and men still exist in the employment sector, according to a report compiled by the Council on Women and Girls, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Economics and Statistics Administration. 

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Defends Funding for Women’s Health Services

February 18, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The civil and human rights community is urging the Senate to vote down legislation that would cut all funding to Title X programs, which was passed by the House of Representatives today. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence, R. Ind., is part of the FY2011 Continuing Resolution, which would fund the federal government through the end of September.

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Wade Henderson Participates in Conversation on Modern Day Slavery

February 10, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, spoke Tuesday at the State Department with Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large to monitor and combat trafficking in persons, on ways of combating human trafficking and modern day slavery. The discussion was part of an ongoing video program by the Bureau of Public Affairs entitled "Conversations with America,” which aims to provide insight into how the leaders of national nongovernmental organizations engage with senior State Department officials around foreign policy and global issues.

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Report Card Finds Most States Falling Short on Women’s Health

December 10, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Despite some progress, the majority of states received an "unsatisfactory" grade in an annual report card on women's health issued by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). Only two states – Massachusetts and Vermont – received a "satisfactory" grade, while the District of Columbia and 11 other states received a failing grade.

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Women's Rights Advocates Make the Case for CEDAW Ratification

December 3, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Women's rights advocates recently told the Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law that it is critical for the U.S. as a global leader on human rights to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

"The United States has long stood for the principles of equal justice, the rule of law, respect for women, and the defense of human dignity. We know that women around the world look to the United States as a moral leader on human rights. And yet when it comes to the Women's Treaty, which reflects the fundamental principle that women’s rights are human rights, we stand with only a handful of countries that have not ratified," said Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of Global Women's Issues in the U.S. Department of State, in her testimony. "And we stand on the sidelines, unable to use the Women's Treaty to join with champions of human rights who seek to use it as a means to protect and defend women’s basic human rights."

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Senate Won't Consider Paycheck Fairness Act

November 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today a minority of senators blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.  

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Identifies Six Priorities for Lame Duck Congress

November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year. 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:

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GAO Analysis Finds Female Managers Underrepresented and Subject to a Gender Pay Gap

September 30, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

At a recent hearing, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee heard testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the prevalence of female managers, their marital and education status, and their differences in pay compared to male managers.

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