The Alliance: State Advocates for Women's Rights & Gender Equality is a first-time collaboration among five regional women's rights and gender equality centers across the country: Legal Voice, Gender Justice (Upper Midwest), Women's Law Project (Pennsylvania), Southwest Women's Law Center (New Mexico), and California Women's Law Center.


We formed The Alliance to strengthen our collective advocacy capacity, pursue pro-active state strategies to advance the rights of women and LGBT individuals, and create positive change on critical issues in Alliance states. While the legal and societal changes we aim to create are often limited by state lines, the issues themselves are universal.


November 10, 2015

Everyone’s heard about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it has improved access to equitable health care. But did you know that the same law also contains a powerful tool to combat discrimination?

Section 1557 of the ACA prohibits discrimination in health care coverage and care based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in a range of health programs. The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HH...

September 15, 2015

Last summer, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the U.S. Supreme Court granted companies the right to disregard federal laws to which the companies' owners have religious objections. The rulingwhich specifically allowed companies to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate—was outrageous and damaging to women and LGBTQ people.


Immediately after the decision came down, Legal Voice and our partners in The...

June 26, 2015

It has finally happened! Today, the United States Supreme Court brought marriage equality to all 50 states with a 5-4 vote. This is a remarkable victory for the LGBT community nationwide. Today's decision affirms what we've known all along: it is unconstitutional to deny the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.


Together, we've worked toward this moment for a long time—going back to 2004, when we filed a lawsuit challenging Wa...

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