First-Ever Sex Discrimination Legal Network Is Ready to Defend Women in Trump’s America
Shortly after the election, the attorneys and advocates who work at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) started having a conversation. It seemed that the incoming Trump administration was likely to move backward on enforcing civil rights, loosening regulations, and dropping enforcement. They started “to think about the many concrete ways people are harmed when our civil rights enforcement agencies shift priorities, cut back, change positions,” said Fatima Goss Graves, the organization’s president and CEO.
Yet at the same time, they were getting an uptick in calls from women reporting harassment and discrimination. Their phones were also ringing off the hook from private practice attorneys who wanted to help make a difference after the election.
What could be done to address all of these at once? The nonprofit just publicly announced its answer: The creation of the first national legal network focused on combating sex discrimination in the workplace, schools, and health care. The newly created Legal Network for Gender Equity already consists of 75 attorneys from across the country who plan to take on sex discrimination cases.