Spotlight

  • In a development reminiscent of the well-known schoolyard taunt, the U.S. Marines are seeking to eliminate the so-called “girl pull-up” from the fitness tests they have been using for new female recruits. Under the old standard, formally known as the “flexed arm hang,” female recruits were required to hold their chins above the pull-up bar for at least 15 seconds. Under the new standard, implementation of which is presently delayed, they must do at least three pull-ups in order to pass the Marines’ basic fitness test.
  • Legal Momentum announces that Elizabeth Grayer has decided to step down as President in order to pursue another opportunity.  Her term ended on December 31, 2013, but Elizabeth has graciously agreed to act as a consultant to Legal Momentum until a new President is identified. The board has asked Lynn Hecht Schafran, Senior Vice President and Director of Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program, to assume the role of Acting President. 
  • There has been too little progress in ending poverty since President Johnson famously declared war on poverty in the United States in his January 8, 1964 State of the Union Message. Over one seventh of Americans still are poor. Recent poverty rates are among the highest since the declaration of a war on poverty. Women, children, Blacks, and Hispanics are still disproportionately poor. Without public benefits, many more would be poor. The U.S. has an exceptionally high relative poverty rate among high income countries at least in part because our public benefits do less to reduce poverty. Official poverty measurement does not capture the sizable gains in health care coverage for the poor since the 1960s, but health care coverage still falls far short of the universal coverage that is now standard in other high income countries
  • Legal Momentum has filed an Amicus Brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Township of Mt. Holly et al. vs. Mt. Holly Gardens et al. on behalf of Legal Momentum, Futures Without Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the NOW Foundation, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Several Legal Momentum staff members were involved in writing the brief. Tim Casey, director of Legal Momentum's Women and Poverty program, is the counsel of record on the brief.
  • Peggy Young had been working at UPS as a truck driver for about five years when her medical team told her she should avoid lifting
  • Poverty Remains High.  Gender Poverty Gap Persists.Tim Casey, Director, Women & Poverty Program, Legal Momentum, has analyzed the Census Bureau’s annual poverty report which was released today and has found that the significant gender poverty gap continues.
  • Despite superior educational attainment, young women have lower incomes, wage rates, and employment rates.
  • "It was a tremendous opportunity for the high school participants to hear from and personally interact with you, a New York City leader, as they develop into leaders themselves." More Testimonials Legal Momentum's Rights Now! workshops empower young women of color to identify and respond to sexual abuse, violence and sex-based discrimination. This program is dedicated to centering the experience and leadership of young women of color.
  • Legal Momentum’s “This Workplace Is a DV-Free Zone” Challenge aims to make all workplaces safe and accommodating for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
  • The 14th annual Aiming High Awards Luncheon took place on April 30th, 2014 in New York City.