Friday, November 20 marks Carol Tracy’s 25th anniversary as Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project. We’re celebrating all week by posting 25 reasons to be grateful for Carol and the Women’s Law Project, and inviting you to celebrate with us by supporting this important work. Contributing to the Women’s Law Project is an investment in a better future for women and girls.
Today’s 5 Reasons to Give $25
- We protect the public health by educating the community about dangerous policy. For example, we are raising awareness about the rising threat of government intrusion laws, that is, laws that interfere into the doctor-patient relationship by either forcing doctors to tell patients medically inaccurate information (such as advising, falsely, that abortion is linked to breast cancer) or gagging them from telling patients certain information.
- We fight for workplace equity policies that reflect the modern realities of American families. Recently, we successfully advocated for increased workplace protections for pregnant workers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and continue to call for statewide protections. Earlier this year, Staff Attorney Amal Bass testified at the state Capitol about insidious ways workers experience pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and advised legislators about the need to clarify the obligations of employers and rights of pregnant workers.
- Our work has directly improved domestic violence services in Philadelphia. In 2002, the WLP orchestrated City Council hearings that explored the need for better services. The Mayor subsequently appointed a city-wide task force, co-chaired by WLP Executive Director Carol Tracy, to make recommendations for a coordinated community response to domestic violence. Last year, a new 100-bed domestic-violence shelter was named “Carol’s Place” in honor of this work.
- The lack of paid sick days is both a workplace equity issue and a public health hazard. The WLP advocated for paid sick day legislation in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and is currently working with our allies to halt the passage of a bad bill currently under consideration by the Pennsylvania Legislature that would not only block, but repeal some of this progress.
- We stand up for low-income women. When Pennsylvania finally expanded Medicaid as intended under the Affordable Care Act, approximately 85,000 women who qualified for the program were not enrolled. WLP and Community Legal Services co-represented plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit, and the situation was resolved.
Need more reasons to support the Women’s Law Project?
Please click here to contribute $25, or another amount. Donate in honor of Carol, or a loved one. You can also celebrate with us in person at our party on December 4.