Women's Law Project

Leveraging the power of the law to eliminate gender bias and discrimination.


Philadelphia Bar Foundation Grant Impact

The Women’s Law Project (WLP) is nationally recognized for cutting-edge legal advocacy and nearly 45 years of achievements having a positive impact on women and families in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Their mission is to create a more equitable society by advancing the rights and status of women throughout their lives. With the support of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, WLP can provide women critical information and help them to stand up for themselves with greater confidence and knowledge.

Summary List of Programs and Services

High-Impact Litigation and Legal Advocacy

To enhance the legal rights of women, Women's Law Project (WLP) engages in litigation and legal advocacy to change or enforce existing laws and challenge discriminatory practices, in particular by bringing cases that might not otherwise be brought on behalf of women who might otherwise not be heard. WLP also authors and coordinates amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs to provide courts with critical expertise on law and social policy relevant to important issues raised in a particular case.

Influencing Public Policy

WLP engages in policy advocacy to improve public and private institutional practices and systems, guided by evidence-based research and the personal experiences of women, girls, and their families. WLP encourages women to act in their own interests in the public arena by increasing their level of knowledge about policy issues and expanding the scope of their civic engagement.

Community Education

WLP empowers women by providing information about their rights and the law, and the ways in which they can have an impact on both. WLP strives to ensure that public officials have current, accurate, unbiased information about key issues such as abortion, violence against women, and women’s health.

Summary List of Priorities for Client Intake

WLP’s areas of practice include reproductive rights, violence against women, health care, family court and law reform, and discrimination against women and girls in education, with a special focus on Title IX, and in employment. We have a number of publications and consumer resources, all available on our website.