Ebonee Avery-Washington

Ebonee Avery-Washington

Program Manager, Legal Advocacy Fund

A leader of one of AAUW’s landmark programs, Ebonee oversees LAF programming while working in close collaboration with LAF-supported plaintiffs and their attorneys. She also makes recommendations for LAF committee and board action on matters concerning gender discrimination, workplace equity, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Ebonee comes to AAUW from AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, where she facilitated the self-help office program, advocated for more than 200 seniors annually, and managed the daily operations of a grassroots pro bono service program. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and a law degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
 

Work by Ebonee Avery-Washington

Virginia State University campus

Spencer v. Virginia State University: A Case on Gender Equity in Academia

As the Gender Equity Task Force chair at Virginia State University (VSU), Zoe Spencer, Ph.D., was charged with identifying deficits in gender equity, but when she did she was met with resistance. Read more »

Resource   |   November 20, 2017
St. Cloud State University campus

Portz v. St. Cloud State University

Portz v. St. Cloud State University et al. is a case involving 10 female student athletes who filed a lawsuit against St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and Minnesota State College and University Systems. Read more »

Resource   |   November 20, 2017
Lock Haven University campus

Robb v. Lock Haven

Emily Robb and seven other courageous student athletes filed a class action lawsuit on June 6, 2017, against Lock Haven University (LHU) of Pennsylvania alleging a number of Title IX claims. Read more »

Resource   |   November 16, 2017

AAUW Remembers Betty Dukes, An Everyday Hero

A former Walmart employee, an ordained minister, and a gender equity titan, Betty Dukes was an everyday hero. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   July 14, 2017
LAF Plaintiff Aileen Rizo

Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education

Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education highlights a significant underlying factor that contributes to the wage gap: employers’ practice of relying on an employee’s prior salary history to set new salary levels. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

Resource   |   November 05, 2015
A young woman holds a banner in front of a crowd. The banner reads, Justice for Rape Survivors

Burhans V. Yale: A New Wave in Title IX Cases

Burhans v. Yale highlights the necessity of protecting administrators who are willing to address the problem of sexual assault on their campuses from professional retaliation. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

Resource   |   June 03, 2015

Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense: Removing Offenders from Military Sexual Assault Cases

In the last few years the severity of the sexual assault epidemic in the U.S. military has entered the public consciousness. However, despite AAUW’s ongoing work, many survivors still struggle to find justice. The courageous survivors in Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense were advancing the crucial fight against military sexual assault. Read more »

Resource   |   May 04, 2015

Court Case: Doe v. Notre Dame University and St. Mary’s College

Jane Doe sued both St. Mary’s and Notre Dame for sexual harassment in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Read more »

Resource   |   January 01, 2003