In 1970, the National Organization for Women (NOW) incorporated the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund as a separate national 501(c)(3) organization to carry out their legal advocacy efforts. This organization was renamed Legal Momentum in 2004.
In 2016, Legal Momentum spent $2.6 million in support of their legal and judicial education programs. Legal Momentum used litigation and advocacy efforts to focus on issues such as occupational segregation, dating violence in schools, and other issues in line with NOW’s overall vision.
In 2016, Legal Momentum received $450,000 in government grants, including a grant from the U.S. Office of Violence Against Women.