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Nancy Duff Campbell is the founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center. Campbell is visiting as this year’s Judith H. Rawson and Robert Rawson Distinguished Visitor. In the afternoon, Duff will present a public talk titled, "#FullEquality: A Women’s Economic Agenda," at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall.
Campbell is a founder and co-president of one of the nation's pre-eminent women's rights organizations. A recognized expert on women's law and public policy issues, for over forty years, 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.
Campbell's accomplishments include participation in successful Supreme Court litigation establishing that two-parent families with unemployed mothers are entitled to AFDC benefits, in Califano v. Westcott; 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 in the Tax Reform Act of 1986; the establishment of a uniform right to child support enforcement services for all custodial parents without regard to income, in Parents Without Partners v. Massinga; a central role in drafting and pressing a national agenda on child care, which culminated in passage in 1990 of the first comprehensive child care legislation since World War II and several improvements in the 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.
Campbell has been 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, a Woman of Genius by Trinity College, and the 2010 Woman Lawyer of the Year by the District of Columbia Women's Bar Association. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work to improve child support enforcement and was appointed by Congress to the U.S. Commission on Child and Family Welfare, to study and make recommendations on a range of issues, including child support, custody and visitation; family services; and family and juvenile court systems.