Judith L. Lichtman has been a guiding and influential force in the women’s movement for more than 40 years. She stepped down as president of the National Partnership for Women & Families in 2004, and is presently senior advisor at the National Partnership. Her commitment, vision, and talent as an attorney and advocate have made a profound difference for women and families across the United States. Judith’s vision and the National Partnership’s strength and direct leadership have resulted in the passage of some of the most important legal protections for American women and families, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993.
In 1996, the National Partnership helped shape key provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that make it easier for women and their families to get and keep health coverage. More recently, Judith has led efforts to promote patient protections and to bring paid family and medical leave to California.
Before joining the National Partnership, Judith worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Jackson State College, the Urban Coalition, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as legal advisor to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 1974, Judith became the executive director and first paid staff person for the Women’s Legal Defense Fund (WLDF), which became the National Partnership for Women & Families in February 1998. Judith received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin.