The profile captures Ms. Katz’s beginnings at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she co-founded the Women’s Law Journal after finding the Wisconsin Law Review unwilling to adopt a more inclusive staff selection process.
From there, Ms. Katz earned a fellowship at Georgetown to work on women’s law and public policy. Her fight for equality continued when she worked on Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, a landmark Supreme Court case that legally recognized sexual harassment as illegal sex discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.
Ms. Katz’s career has now culminated with the #MeToo movement, a campaign that she believes is beginning to change workplace culture. “There is less of an effort by employers to conduct smear campaigns about the victim and a greater receptivity to change. We see cases resolving more quickly and for higher dollar amounts than before,” she explains.
But despite the progress that has occurred, there are still many victims who are vulnerable, and have seemingly no way to get help and obtain justice. That is why Ms. Katz has advocated with legislators – “For sexual harassment to be eradicated, we need reasonable laws that protect employees.”
The fight is not over, and Ms. Katz’s mission extends beyond sexual harassment. Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable, and despite the ubiquity of negative news headlines, she expresses positivity about the future: “To see students marching, protesting, and to see the response to Parkland, it all gives me hope.”
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