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Described as “guiding the battles of the women’s rights movement” by the New York
Times, Marcia Greenberger is the founder and Co-President Emerita of the National
Women’s Law Center. The creation of the Center over 45 years ago established her as
the rst full-time women’s rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C.
A recognized expert on women and the law, particularly in the areas of education and
employment, health and reproductive rights, and family economic security, Ms.
Greenberger has been a leader in securing the passage of major legislation, counsel in landmark litigation establishing
new legal protections for women, and the author of numerous published articles. Examples include the Lilly Ledbetter
Fair Pay Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 providing critical protections against sexual
harassment on the job, and Supreme Court victories strengthening protections for students and teachers against sex
discrimination in schools and in the workplace.
Her leadership and contributions are reected in the professional honors she has received and the numerous boards on
which she has served. Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, Ms. Greenberger was
selected by the American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice as a recipient of the Civil Rights Hero
Award and honored by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She has been given the James Wilson
Award and the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Trustees’ Council of Penn
Women “Beacon” Leadership Award, the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Award, the National Association of
Women Lawyers’ Arabella Babb Manseld Award, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lafayette College as well
as 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. Additionally, she has been recognized by Working Woman Magazine as one of the 25
heroines whose activities over 25 years have helped women in the workplace, by Washingtonian Magazine as one of
Washington, D.C.’s most powerful women, by Legal Times as a “Top Lawyer” and one of its “30 Champions”, and by Legal
Times and The National Law Journal as one of “Washington’s Most Inuential Women Lawyers.” She has received the Dr.
Jane Evans Pursuit of Justice Award from Women of Reform Judaism, the Albert B Chernin Award for commitment to
social justice from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, A Woman of Genius Award from Trinity College, the “21 Leaders
of the 21st Century” Award from Womens eNews, and the Woman of Distinction Award from Soroptimist International of
the Americas. 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 awards from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, the
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Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Winn Newman Award from the National Committee on Pay Equity. She received
a Presidential appointment to the National Skill Standards Board, served as a member of the Executive Committee of the
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and is on the Advisory Committee of the Georgetown University Law
Center Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program.
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., rm of Caplin and Drysdale before she founded 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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