Marcia Greenberger is a co-founder and a former co-president of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). She is considered to be an expert on sexual discrimination law. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School three years later. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C. firm of Caplin and Drysdale from 1970 to 1972. In 1972 she founded the Women’s Rights Project of the Center for Law and Social Policy, the predecessor of NWLC. In 1981 she co-founded NWLC.
Greenberger has also been a member of the board of directors for both the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the Center for Children’s Policy Practice and Research (at the University of Pennsylvania); Chair of the Special Committee on Jurisdictional Immunity of the American Bar Association; Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; and a member of both the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association Council of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section. Greenberger has been called one of the twenty-five heroines for women’s rights in the workplace by Working Woman Magazine, and one of Washington, D.C.’s most powerful women by Washingtonian Magazine.
Greenberger believes that American women continue to face many more obstacles to success than their male counterparts. “Even though a lot has changed,” she says, “many problems remain. It is not acceptable to openly discriminate against women anymore, but stereotyped notions about women’s capabilities are hard to erase. 1972 to today is a drop in the bucket over the space of history. It’s surprising how much there is still to do. There’s been little progress on the income wage gap, and the leadership in colleges, foreign policy, and corporations are primarily men. We have not yet seen strong public policies to help combining family and work responsibilities.”