National Women's Law Center

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"The Center began in 1972, when secretaries at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), one of the first public interest law firms in the country, presented the male attorneys with four demands. They wanted better pay. They wanted CLASP to hire women staff attorneys. They wanted to begin a women’s rights project. And they didn’t want to serve coffee any more.

"These women knew, and the men of CLASP agreed, that it was time to put the law on the side of women and their families. As its first case, the women’s rights project challenged a company policy that excluded pregnancy from disability coverage, which ultimately led to the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. It was to be the first of many such victories for the project, which became the independent National Women’s Law Center in 1981." [1]

National Women's Law Center is a member of Health Care for America Now.


Accessed September 2010: [2]



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  1. History, National Women's Law Center, accessed September 14, 2010.
  2. Board, National Women's Law Center, accessed September 14, 2010.