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The Women's Law Project creates a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, we engage in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.

The U.S. “Motherhood Penalty” Isn’t Getting Any Better

The motherhood penalty refers to the economic disadvantage of becoming a mother in the United States. For example, research has repeatedly shown that mothers earn less money than women without children. A new report analyzing three time periods going back … Continue reading

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We Just Filed Another Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States

The Women’s Law Project continues to lead advocacy efforts against discriminatory laws that enable the government to forcefully deny women their inheritance, even when explicitly designated as the beneficiary by a person who has died. “These laws let the government … Continue reading

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WLP Files Brief Supporting the City of Pittsburgh & SEIU in Fight for Paid Sick Days

The Women’s Law Project just filed an amici curiae, or friend-of-the-court brief, formally supporting the city of Pittsburgh and SEIU in asking the PA Supreme Court to allow the earned paid sick days ordinance to take effect. Research backs up the common-sense … Continue reading

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Philadelphians Deserve a Fair Workweek, Too

This is a guest post by WLP legal intern Shannon, student at Drexel Kline School of Law, JD Candidate 2019. Finishing up my third year of college, I was already $75,000 in debt and I knew it will only get … Continue reading

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Rewire: PA Supreme Court Could Decide Whether Using Drugs During Pregnancy Is Child Abuse

Can a woman’s behavior while pregnant be considered child abuse under civil law? That’s the fundamental question in a case co-counseled by attorneys at Women’s Law Project and Robert Lugg of Lugg & Lugg in Lock Haven. As we recently told … Continue reading

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A Report on Pennsylvania’s Community Conversations on Women’s Health

Throughout 2017, the Women’s Law Project worked with our partners in the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health to organize and host 12 public conversations in 10 cities and towns across the Commonwealth, so we could do what too many Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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WLP Asks PA Supreme Court to Review Crucial Case With Significant Implications for Rights of Pregnant Women 

  The issue of whether a pregnant woman can be charged civilly or criminally with child abuse for her drug use during pregnancy has been a pressing issue of American law and politics for almost three decades. Attorneys at the … Continue reading

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