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Nancy Duff Campbell: 2014-15 Visiting Activist
Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President,
National Women's Law Center
When Women Succeed,
Why We Need a
Women's Economic Agenda
This September 2014 program was co-sponsored by the
Center for the Education of Women, Social Work Learning Community on Poverty and Inequality, Rackham Office of Graduate Student Success, LS&A Women's Studies, the Law School,
Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Women Law Students Association, Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
During September 2014, CEW hosted the founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center, Nancy Duff Campbell, as our Visiting Social Activist. During her fellowship, Ms. Campbell worked to develop an agenda for advancing women's economic security that can be used by state-level advocates. In conjunction with staff at NWLC, she produced the report
Our Moment: An Economic Agenda for Women.
As part of her visit, Ms. Campbell met with students in Professor Anna Kirkland's "Gender and the Law" class (Women's Studies 270). In discussion sections, students engaged in a reflective learning exercise to explore gender equity in a more personal context. The Ginsberg Center's Shari Robinson-Lynk facilitated these exercises.
Ms. Campbell met informally with members of the Women Law Students Association. WLSA officer Emma Notis-McConarty introduced Ms. Campbell at her public lecture on September 23rd.
A recognized expert on women's law and public policy issues for over forty years, Nancy Duff Campbell has participated in the development and implementation of key legislative initiatives and litigation protecting women's rights, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting low-income women and their families.
Ms. Campbell's accomplishments include participation in successful Supreme Court litigation establishing that two-parent families with unemployed mothers are entitled to AFDC benefits; organization and leadership of the Coalition on Women and Taxes, whose analyses and advocacy led to expanded tax assistance for single heads of household and the removal of six million low income families from the tax rolls; the establishment of a uniform right to child support enforcement services for all custodial parents without regard to income; a central role in drafting and pressing a national agenda on child care, culminating in 1990 with the first comprehensive child care legislation since World War II and several improvements in succeeding years; and expansion of the rights and remedies of military women facing sexual harassment, unfair family policies, and stereotyped limitations on their jobs and ability to serve in combat, through congressional legislation and Department of Defense policies. She is also the author of numerous articles on women's legal issues.
Ms. Campbell was named by Working Woman magazine as one of the top 25 heroines whose actions over the last 25 years have advanced women in the workplace. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work to improve child support enforcement. She was recognized by Online Colleges as one of "20 Influential Female Lawyers Every Law Student Should Know" and was selected for inclusion in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, and Wikipedia.