Building on 50 years of work to address gender inequality, this letter identifies governments` policy priorities and recommends actions to shape a short-term response to the pandemic`s impact on gender and enable a long-term transformative agenda for inclusive gender equality. “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 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. Legal Momentum leads advocacy efforts for a range of policy solutions to address and eliminate gender discrimination and achieve gender equality. The NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund was instrumental in drafting and enacting VAWA and its landmark civil rights appeal in 1994 and co-counsel to plaintiff Christy Brzonkala in U.S. v. Morrison. Senior counsel Julie Goldscheid argued the case before the Supreme Court.
This article from In Brief, the NOW LDEF newsletter, offers a feminist perspective on judgment.  Beginning in 1991, Legal Momentum worked closely with then-Senator Biden to draft and pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which focused on 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. Victims of sexual assault on campus, in addition to devastating violations of their physical integrity and physical safety, too often face disruptions to their studies and careers, which can result in permanent damage to employment prospects, financial security and lifetime income. 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 of Kansas City and Florida Abolitionist and Jane Doe v. Backpage.com et al. Legal Momentum has expertise and resources in various areas related to discrimination, gender equality and gender bias. From sexual and reproductive rights to adolescent violence and gender bias in court, Legal Momentum continues to advocate for the rights of women and girls, working to eliminate stereotypes and harmful policies that are shaped by prejudice, while promoting policies and practices that reflect women`s realities. and promote their rights before the law. 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). 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.  Carol Baldwin Moody became President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. The organization, founded as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, became Legal Momentum in 2004. Legal Momentum is a cross-cutting organization 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.    In a landmark loss for women last May, the Supreme Court ruled that the civil rights remedy of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, which allowed victims of gender-based violence to sue their abusers, was an unconstitutional exercise of congressional powers to regulate interstate commerce and enforce the 14th Amendment. Today, Legal Momentum honors the life of Madeleine Albright, our first globally recognized female Secretary of State and human rights activist.
As a child of refugees, Madeleine Albright has dedicated her life to fighting for freedom around the world and has travelled the world throughout her career promoting peace, reconciliation and mutual respect in the international community. She is an icon for women around the world and a reminder of what is possible when we enable women and girls to reach their full potential. We thank Ms. Albright for her activism and commitment to improving humanity and are proud to continue the fight for equality, security and justice throughout Legal Momentum`s work. The Syms Legal Momentum Gender Equality Legal Helpline is a free national resource that provides information, support and referrals to anyone facing gender discrimination. Each year, Legal Momentum makes hundreds of requests that guide people to the appropriate resources and next steps for their individual situation, providing legal representation in a small number of potentially serious cases. NOW LDEF was governed by a small board of directors, and its “members” consisted of that board as well as all members of the board of directors of NOW. The first meeting of the Board of Directors was held on July 14, 1970.
The first national office was established in New York in 1973. NOW, LDEF has hired a small administrative staff and added a general manager in 1974. The actual legal work was initially done on a pro bono basis by board members or other cooperating lawyers. Most early legal work involved filing amicus curiae briefs or distributing funds to lawsuits already underway (many of which were initiated by NOW or NOW chapters). The first case work focused on workplace discrimination, school discrimination and family law. In 1977, NOW LDEF raised funds to hire a general counsel and began paying litigation staff. While the organization received hundreds of letters from women seeking legal assistance, the legal department tried to focus on precedents that would affect large numbers of women. Lawyers have also created legal guides on women`s issues and drafted model laws on issues such as police custody and domestic violence. Founded in 1980, the National Judicial Education Program (NECN) creates, presents and publishes a range of programs and articles based on legal, social and neuroscience research to educate the judiciary about gender bias and how it can undermine fairness in our justice system. NJEP programs include Understanding Sexual Violence: the Judicial Response to Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault and a weaving course, Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating the Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases, available free of charge from www.njep-ipsacourse.org. The Legal Defense Fund is the leading American legal organization fighting for racial justice.
Women are exposed to violence at home, on the streets and at work. Despite one of Legal Momentum`s key achievements – the adoption of the Violence Against Women Act – support services, rights and protections for victims remain insufficient. 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. Women continue to face barriers at school and work that can prevent them from achieving economic security and independence. From kindergarten to higher education, girls face discrimination in education – they are excluded from STEM programs, have fewer opportunities in athletics, and face unacceptable levels of sexual harassment and violence. 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. “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.” “The Rehnquist Court`s decision in U.S.
v. Morrison is a setback for women`s rights and a triumph for those seeking to overturn 30 years of federal citizenship law under the guise of state rights. The court slammed the door of the courthouse, wished the women good luck, and sent us back to the United States for justice,” said Kathy Rodgers, president of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.