Born October 8, 1993 – Toni Morrison becomes the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford;[1] February 18, 1931) is an American novelist, editor, teacher, and professor emerita at Princeton University.

Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved. The novel was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities. She was honored with the 1996 National Book Foundation‘s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Morrison wrote the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016 she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

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From: National Women’s Law Center

Today the National Women’s Law Center announced that it will launch the Legal Network for Gender Equity. The network was formed in response to the unprecedented threats to women’s rights from the Trump Administration and Congress. The Legal Network for Gender Equity has initially recruited more than 75 attorneys from across the country who stand ready to provide an initial free legal consultation and, when appropriate, represent women and girls who experience sex discrimination on the job, at school, and in the health care system. The Legal Network for Gender Equity will help those facing this sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination to connect with the legal resources and information they need to fight back.

The Center is assembling the infrastructure for the network to become fully operational later this year and will continue to expand its network—with the goal of attorneys participating in every state. At this time, if you are an attorney interested in taking part in this Network please fill out your information at http://www.nwlc.org/legalnetworksignup.

More information about the NWLC Legal Network is in the press release below. Some initial press coverage on the network can be found here and here. Please contact NWLC’s Legal Director, Sunu Chandy (schandy@nwlc.org) with any questions.

For immediate release:  October 11, 2017 Contact:   Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org) and Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org)


A Selection of Ohio NOW Education and Legal Fund Activities


 Court Cases/Legal Support/Amicus Briefs/Legislation


Affirmative Action

Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (12-682)
Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

Child Support

Vicki M. O’Malley v. Patrick J. O’Malley
Hubin v. Hubin
Carnes v. Kemp

 Civil Rights

Town of Greece v. Galloway


Evenwel v. Abbott

Disability Rights

Access Center for Independent Living v. Dayton Mall
Ohio House Bill 333 Attacks Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) bill copy
Doe v. State of Ohio
Hindel, Pierce, Denning and The National Federation of the Blind, Inc. v. Ohio Secretary of State
Olmstead v. L.C.
State of Ohio v. Below
Ball v. Kasich

Domestic Violence

Felton v. Felton
State v. Lucas
State v. Carswell


Fair Employment Protection Act
Don O. Smith v. Superior Tool & Die & Machine Co.
Elek v. Huntington National Bank
Louisiana Forestry Association Inc. v. Secretary U.S. Dept. of Labor
Harris v Quinn May
Young v. UPS


Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 cases
Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.
Obergefell v. Hodges


United States v Texas

Health Care

Preterm-Cleveland, Inc. v. Kaisch
Medicaid – Applying for Benefits http://ohionowelf.org/wp/?page_id=367
Capital Care Network of Toledo v. State of Ohio Department of Health
Whole Women’s Health v. Cole
Zubik v. Burwell
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage in Affordable Health Care Act
Ohio SB 297 Prohibits Abortions
McCullen v. Coakley
Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act and Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service

Sexual Harassment

McCormick v. K-Mart
Kerans v. Porter Paint Company


Shreve v. Franklin County 
State v. Mole 
Ohio v. Clark






What Ohio NOW Education and Legal Fund Does

  • Provides resource information and referral services to assist victims of sex discrimination, their families and advocates
  • Provides advocacy and support services to victims of discrimination and domestic violence
  • Supports efforts of legal counsel representing victims and provides links to state and/or national organizations focused on victim advocacy
  • Becomes involved with precedent setting legal cases in terms of filing amicus (friend of the court) briefs

    How Ohio NOW Education And Legal Fund Functions

    • Monitors state and federal courts to determine which cases pending could have an impact on the legal rights of women and girls for amicus brief filing consideration
    • Communicates and networks regularly with members of the legal profession across the state to be better able to provide resource information
    • Monitors state and federal legislation to determine which bills have the greatest impact on women and girls so members can provide educational materials to legislators and create public awareness

    By-Laws for Ohio NOW Education and Legal Fund

    As amended at 11/06/10, 12/7/13 Annual Meetings

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