A working Woman’s Bill of Rights | Seher Khawaja, Senior Attorney at Economic Empowerment Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense & Education Fund | Power Lounge S1E27

We must reimagine the workplace as a place of equal opportunity for ALL women. Learn how one legal team is getting this done. 


In the United States and around the world, women continue to be uniquely undervalued and disadvantaged in their pursuit of economic security. On average, women continue to be paid less, work lower-paying jobs, and endure higher levels of sexual harassment and abuse, all while taking on more family care responsibilities. These barriers intersect, add up, and reinforce each other in ways that profoundly undermine women’s ability to achieve equal opportunity in the workplace. The resulting imbalance of power is often exploited, which further undermines women’s pursuit of economic security.

To break this cycle, LegalMomentum and the Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund have created an integrated solution with meaningful protections, accommodations, and services that eliminate existing gender-based penalties. We must reimagine the workplace as a place of equal opportunity for ALL women. To do so, the following 13 cross-cutting protections must be meaningfully reflected in our law and enforced.


Seher is the Senior Attorney for Economic Empowerment at Legal Momentum, where she leads the Women Valued Initiative. Seher engages in litigation, policy advocacy, and educational outreach to advance economic security and workplace equality for women, with a focus on assisting women in low-wage work. Seher has a background in economic justice and human rights. She previously worked as a policy and legislative attorney for the New York City Housing Authority and has worked internationally with organizations in Burma, Haiti, Iraq, Israel, South Africa, and the United States on issues including housing rights, gender-based violence, minority rights, and economic security. Before law school, Seher consulted with the Democratic Governance Group at the United Nations Development Programme and worked for the International Democratic Governance practice for the World-Federalist Movement—Institute for Global Policy. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a Sparer Public Interest Fellow. She also holds degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics (M.Sc.) and the Johns Hopkins University (B.A.).

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