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Marcia D. Greenberger
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Described as "guiding the battles of the women's rights movement" by the New York Times, Marcia Greenberger is the founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center. The creation of the Center over 35 years ago established her as the first full-time women's rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C.

A recognized expert on sex discrimination and the law, Ms. Greenberger has participated in the development of key legislative initiatives and landmark litigation protecting and advancing women's rights, particularly in the areas of education, employment, family economic security, health and reproductive rights. She is the author of numerous published articles. Examples include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which provides key protections against discrimination and sexual harassment on the job, the Athletics Disclosure Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and Supreme Court victories strengthening protections for students, teachers, and employees against sex discrimination.

Her leadership and contributions are reflected in the professional honors she has received and the numerous boards on which she serves. Recognized by Working Woman Magazine as one of the 25 heroines whose activities over 25 years have helped women in the workplace, and Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful women and as one of Washington, D.C.'s top lawyers, she received such awards as the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lafayette College, and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Ms. Greenberger received her B.A. with honors and J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

Entries by Marcia D. Greenberger

Celebrate Women's History Month With More Diversity on the Federal Bench

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 8:40 AM

March is Women's History Month, which affords us the opportunity to reflect on how far we've come in this country, and how far we have yet to go. And in many respects, recent events in the Congress illustrate both themes. For example, the last day of February, the Congress reauthorized...

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It's Time to Confirm Caitlin Halligan

(4) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 3:05 PM

For the second time, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to approve President Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ms. Halligan, a talented appellate lawyer, was first nominated in September 2010, and an outpouring of bipartisan support quickly...

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Women Spoke -- Will Lawmakers Listen?

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 2:20 PM

The run-up to the November election was notable for the outcry against the extreme attacks on women's reproductive health care -- from the effort to require "transvaginal" ultrasounds in Virginia to Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" controversy in Missouri. And let's not forget other memorable comments from the campaign trail: 'some...

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Taking Stock of Diversity in the Federal Judiciary; Significant Progress Has Been Made, But Much Remains to Be Done

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 7:09 PM

As we approach the end of President Obama's first term in office, it's an appropriate time to look back and take stock of the impact the president has had on the federal bench, to date. Although, thanks to a determined minority in the Senate, there is a record number of...

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It's Open Season on Women's Reproductive Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 2:20 PM

Women should be able to make personal medical decisions without interference from politicians or their bosses. It seems obvious, doesn't it? But more and more, you can't open a newspaper or turn on a television without seeing some lawmaker espousing his plan to limit women's access to reproductive health care....

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Senate Minority Block Equal Pay for Women

(27) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 6:24 PM

Today the Senate had a chance to stand up for the American value of an honest day's pay for an honest day's work by voting "yes" on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Despite widespread public support for this common-sense bill and a majority of the Senate in support, it fell short...

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Critics Get It Wrong on Contraceptive Coverage

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Opponents of the recent contraceptive coverage announcement by the Department of Health & Human Services are trying to twist this major advance on contraception into a fight about abortion. In the Washington Post, Michael Gerson states that the rule requires Catholic-affiliated organizations to provide insurance coverage...

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Reed v. Reed Advances Quality for Women, but Must Always be Defended

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Forty years ago yesterday, for the first time in its history, the Supreme Court held that a law that discriminated against women violated the Constitution. In Reed v. Reed, a unanimous Court struck down an Idaho law requiring the automatic preference of a man over a woman when both applied...

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Women on the Federal Courts: An Update

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 2:34 PM

Recently, the Senate confirmed six judicial nominees, four of whom were women: Nannette Jolivette Brown to the Eastern District of Louisiana, Nancy Torresen to the District of Maine, Marina Garcia Marmolejo to the Southern District of Texas, and Jennifer Guerin Zipps to the District of Arizona. Not only...

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Goodwin H. Liu Confirmed to California Supreme Court: A Lesson for the Country

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 2:24 PM

August 31 was a good day for all those who care about justice, and an object lesson for the U.S. Senate. The California state Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously voted to confirm Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.

It is gratifying that...

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At Last: Senate To Vote on Goodwin Liu

(20) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 3:57 PM

Despite the fact that Professor Goodwin Liu was nominated over a year ago to a seat designated a "judicial emergency" on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, despite the fact that he has a lifelong commitment to public service, despite the fact that he has support from leading Republican and...

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Repeal of Health Care Law Would Jeopardize Women's Economic Recovery

(8) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 3:22 PM

Women may be the ones who make health care decisions for their families, but when it comes to being able to afford health insurance for themselves or pay their medical bills, it's women who take a serious shellacking.

Women are more likely than men to skip preventive...

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Will Scalia Tell Congress That the Constitution Leaves Women Out?

(18) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Today, Justice Antonin Scalia will provide a lesson on the Constitution to incoming House members when he speaks at an event organized by Tea Party leader Rep. Michele Bachmann and her "Constitutional Conservative Caucus."

The public commentary on this event has primarily focused on whether...

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Wal-Mart Asks the Supreme Court to Protect It From Wage Discrimination Claims

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 6:18 PM

New quarterly wage data released today by the Department of Labor show that in 2010 women working full-time in sales and related occupations made only 64.0 cents for each dollar earned by men -- the biggest wage gap in any industry. Indeed, the industry's wage gap...

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Equal Protection for Unmarried Fathers

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 10:03 AM

We all recognize the stereotype of the unmarried father -- absent, uninterested, and uninvolved in his kids' lives. But the cliché that unmarried fathers never have meaningful relationships with their children -- just because they aren't married to their children's mother -- has never been true across the board, and...

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What Anita Hill did for America

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 10:50 AM

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This week Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, called Anita Hill and left a message on her answering machine inviting her to apologize for testifying during Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings.

The call brought back, with...

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Don't Wait Another Minute: Confirm Goodwin Liu

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 11:02 AM

Commentators and journalists have been focusing recently on the pace of confirmations to federal judicial positions -- and for good reason. Procedural roadblocks have become routine even for nominees with bipartisan support -- resulting in a dramatic slowdown in judicial confirmations. Even Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, noting the delays...

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Families Cannot Afford to Wait: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Now

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 4:32 PM

New poverty and wage data released yesterday paint a grim picture of the economic prospects for American families dependent on women wage earners. Yesterday's new data show that more than half a million, or more than one in ten, single mothers working full-time, year-round jobs lived in poverty in 2009....

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Now That it Made History With Elena Kagan, the Senate Should Do Our Lower Courts Justice

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 4:00 PM

The Senate did the right thing today by confirming Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. I was honored to testify in support at the Judiciary Committee hearings, given her outstanding qualifications, exceptional legal talents, and dedication to the rule of law. It has...

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The New Normal

(14) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 10:03 AM

The nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court is historic. Never before have three women Justices sat on the Court at the same time, although it's been nearly thirty years since the now-retired Justice Sandra Day...

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