Marcia Greenberger is founder and Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, established in 1972 to advocate for gender equality in education, jobs, economic security, and health. Under her leadership, the NWLC has worked to improve the lives of women, girls and families by backing laws to prohibit pregnancy discrimination in employment and to provide compensation for victims of sexual harassment. It helped pass state and federal tax laws to help millions of families pay for child and dependent care and secured new federal remedies for women seeking child support. The Center has also been a leader in enforcing Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, including athletics.
Marcia was the first full-time women’s rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C. In her interview, she describes becoming aware of discrimination against women and Jews during college and as she entered law school — where she was one of ten women in her class of 240 — at the height of the Vietnam War. Caught up in the turbulent 1960s, she committed herself to seeking social change, a goal rooted in the Jewish values her parents had taught her and in President John F. Kennedy’s call to service. She remembers with great admiration and fondness her mentor, Justice Arthur Goldberg.
My consciousness was being raised slowly but surely
Excerpts from an interview conducted by Deborah Ross on June 27, 2011.