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Leading Women's Group Calls Decision In Michigan Affirmative Action Case A Victory For All Americans

May 15, 2002

Statement by Judith L. Lichtman
President of the National Partnership for Women & Families

All Americans benefit when our institutions are committed to diversity. Yesterday's decision in support of the University of Michigan law school's affirmative action program is a tremendous victory — for the students involved and for all the qualified minorities and women who rely on affirmative action programs to ensure that they have a fair chance.

Women have a long history of facing discrimination in a variety of settings. Because of this history, the National Partnership for Women & Families strongly supports this decision as a critical step in protecting and advancing the fundamental principles of women's rights, and creating a level playing field for all Americans.

This decision reaffirms that our society respects equal opportunity and diversity as critical principles of a just and fair society. It is clear that everyone benefits when these important American values are upheld.

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The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

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