Today 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 WLP, 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
- Today, Women’s Law Project Executive Director Carol E. Tracy will accept the prestigious President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Justice from the American Society of Criminology at their annual conference in Washington, DC. Previous award recipients include Congressman John Lewis (2013) and renowned journalist Linda Greenhouse (2011). The award recognizes Tracy’s work reforming how the Philadelphia police handles sex crimes in the wake of a scandal that revealed one of every three complaints was not investigated, as well as the WLP’s subsequent campaign for the FBI to revise its outdated definition of rape to enable more accurate sex crime data.
- We have confronted gender discrimination in the insurance industry for more than twenty years. In its first effort in 1988, WLP partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union to eliminate use of gender in setting Pennsylvania insurance rates. Bartholomew v. Grode yielded a major victory in the area of auto insurance, leading the State Insurance Commissioner to ban gender-based rates in all forms of insurance. In 1993, after the WLP discovered that insurance companies were discriminating against domestic violence victims, attorneys filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and spearheaded legislative efforts throughout the country at both state and federal levels to assure victims’ access to insurance. WLP managing attorney Terry Fromson became a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and helped draft model laws in each affected area of insurance coverage.
- We stand with working women in calling for a livable minimum wage. Since 2009, the minimum wage in Pennsylvania has been $7.25 an hour — the lowest allowed by federal law. At that rate, a minimum-wage worker working 40 hours a week for 52 weeks a year, earns $15,080 annually, which is below the 2013 Federal Poverty Level of $19,530 for a family of three. More than 60 percent of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage earners are women, and women comprise an even higher percentage of sub-minimum wage workers.
- We believe women working at small companies deserve as much protection against sexual harassment as employees of larger companies. Currently, women working at companies with three or fewer employees are not protected under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, which prohibits sexual harassment. We’re advocating for equal protection.
- We rely on the generosity of people like you. Literally, we can’t do this work without your financial support. The Women’s Law Project is a non-profit organization that runs on a shoestring budget. We provide top-notch counsel for low-income plaintiffs who, without us, would have nowhere to turn. In many ways, because of our legal and policy expertise, we serve as the de facto legal arm to Pennsylvania’s reproductive rights community by, for example, navigating thousands of pages of regulations in order to keep freestanding abortion clinics open so that low-income women have equal access to reproductive healthcare. Advocates against women’s rights tend to be well-funded; we are not. The threat of rolling back women’s rights is real. We thank you for your support.
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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.