The Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Center — formerly the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network — works to advance women’s-focused leadership and ensure the success and centrality of women in public life and the law. We carry out our mission through three core pillars of service: we provide top-notch leadership development opportunities for NYU Law students that invest in their success in law school and beyond; we spur innovative thinking and serve as a hub for thought leadership about gender equity at NYU Law and in the broader legal community; and we bring research, advocacy, and media expertise to bear to ensure gender equity in the workplace and society.

BWLC Advisory Board

The BWLC is thrilled to announce our Advisory Board to help advance the BWLC’s mission and guide the Center as it embarks upon its next chapter of growth and impact. Helmed by the BWLC’s visionary founders Sheila Birnbaum ’65 and Sara Moss ’74, members include ten outstanding leaders in the private and public sector, each of whom brings distinct expertise. Learn more about our Advisory Board.

Event Spotlight

On February 2, the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Center's annual symposium — a celebration of the scholarship of NYU Law Professor Peggy Cooper Davis and her path-breaking work on Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values — was presented to standing room only audience. Top legal scholars, historians, and advocates discussed the myriad ways the Roberts Court is undermining the Reconstruction Amendments, and explored what work is needed to counter the Court’s dangerous decisions. Learn more about the symposium, Reconstructing the Reconstruction Amendments

NYU Law News: Peggy Cooper Davis’s seminal book on the Reconstruction Amendments inspires a BWLC symposium

Reconstructing the Reconstruction Amendments: Fireside Chat with Professor Melissa Murray and President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Maya Wiley

Press Highlights

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Expert: Melissa Murray