The sentence is fine. This is a metaphorical use of wake to refer to the effects of laws on certain people.
See the definition of Wake 2 here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/wake
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I have a question about the usage of the phrase "in the wake of" here:
"We are still in the wake of discriminatory laws against women and children."
I could not find a good dictionary definition that fits this usage "in the wake of". But, the author of the sentence appears to be a non-native English speaker. Could the sentence, then, be poorly written?
Using the definition "as a consequence of" in the original sentence, I would have:
"We are still a consequence of discriminatory laws against women and children."
A little bit weird.