Legal Voice envisions a world where every woman and girl enjoys economic, social and political equality. We work toward that vision by pursuing justice for all women and girls in the Northwest through ground-breaking litigation, legislative and policy advocacy and educational tools to help people understand their rights and the legal system.
Legal Voice, founded in 1978 as the Northwest Women's Law Center, works to ensure that all women and girls have these fundamental rights: to equal treatment and to be free from discrimination; to decide when and how to form and maintain their families; to be safe wherever they are; to economic equality and independence; to be healthy and active. When all women and girls live with these rights, our society benefits. We pursue systemic change to achieve equality for all women and their families throughout the Northwest.
The Women of the Northwest deserve strong and just laws. Making it happen is not only our mission—it is our passion.
Legal Voice believes that justice for women is everyone's issue. Our mission to advance women's legal rights improves the quality of life for mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers—and for everyone who loves and supports them.
Every day we focus on activities that contribute directly to lasting, systemic changes in society, from lawsuits and statutes, to agency rules, self-help materials, and public education.
The Legal Voice Litigation Program brings cases that change the law throughout several states in the Northwest. In addition, we participate as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in cases affecting women throughout the nation, and provide assistance in litigation, legislation, and advocacy to organizations and attorneys throughout the region.
Through our Legislative Program, Legal Voice drafts, analyzes and advocates for bills affecting women and their families in Washington State, and provides assistance and model legislation to advocates around the region.
Legal Voice believes that educating people about their legal rights empowers them to make decisions and advocate for themselves and their families.
Our Self-Help Program provides free legal and practical information for women and men who cannot afford attorneys, or do not know where to turn to solve legal problems that threaten their health, safety, security, and the well-being of their families.
Services are provided through a Legal Information and Referral (I&R) telephone line staffed by volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students, and through Self-Help and Legal Education materials.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the variety of tools we have designed to help you navigate your way through our legal system. Many are available to download, at no cost to you!
Legal Voice believes that women—all women—have these fundamental rights:
- Women have the right to equal treatment and to be free from discrimination.
- Women have the right to decide when and how to form and maintain their families.
- Women and girls have the right to be safe wherever they are.
- Women have the right to economic equality and independence.
- Women have the right to be healthy and active.
Women's rights. Nothing less.