Marcia Greenberger

National Women's Law Center

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 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 litigation protecting women’s rights, particularly in
the areas of education, employment, family economic security, health
and reproductive rights. She has been a leader in developing strategies
to secure the successful passage of key legislation and counsel in
landmark litigation establishing new legal protections for women, and
is the author of numerous published articles. Examples include the
Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 providing
key protections against sexual harassment on the job, and Title IX
Supreme Court victories strengthening protections for students and
teachers against sex discrimination in schools.

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 was awarded the Alumni Award of
Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an honorary
Doctor of Laws degree from Lafayette College. She received A Woman of
Genius Award from Trinity College, the Woman of Distinction Award from
Soroptimist International of the Americas, the Woman Lawyer of the Year
Award by the D.C. Women’s Bar Association and the William J. Brennan,
Jr. Award by the District of Columbia Bar. She was elected to the Court
of Honor of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, received the Hope
Award from Calvary Women’s Shelter and an award from the National
Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and the Center for
Law and Social Policy. She received a Presidential appointment to the
National Skill Standards Board, and is currently a member of the
Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, is on
the Board of Directors of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship
Program, and the National Student Partnerships.

Ms. Greenberger received her B.A. with honors and J.D. cum laude
from the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced law with the
Washington, D.C., firm of Caplin and Drysdale from 1970 72, and in 1972
she started and became Director of the Women’s Rights Project of the
Center for Law and Social Policy, which became the National Women’s Law
Center in 1981.


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