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  • aclu wrote a new blog post: No One Tells Mamma to “Just Go Home!”   3 weeks, 3 days ago · View

    By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women’s Rights Project Imagine you have just returned from maternity leave, still nursing your baby, and you find that your workplace has no place available for you to pump breast milk.  After trying for several hours to find a place, you ask for help from your department head, who says “You know, [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice   4 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project Last night the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision refusing to block a Texas law that has forced more than one third of the women’s health centers to stop providing abortion. The Court reached its decision despite the fact that the law is having devastating effects on women in the [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Albuquerque: Today’s Front Line in the War on Women   4 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    By Hayley Smith, ACLU Advocacy and Policy Associate This year, anti-choice forces coordinated a nationwide attack on reproductive rights. From Arkansas to North Dakota, Texas to North Carolina, the goal is clear: banning abortion completely . And today the fight has come to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where these anti-choice extremists have put an abortion ban on the ballot. [...]

  • By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women’s Rights Project & Vania Leveille, ACLU Washington Legislative Office On January 24, 2013, we saw a great victory for U.S. servicewomen when the Department of Defense announced it was ending the ban on women serving in combat units and occupational specialties. As the Pentagon and the armed services begin implementing the change in [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Victory! Supreme Court Decides: Our Genes Belong to Us, Not Companies   10 months, 1 week ago · View

    By Sandra S. Park , ACLU Women’s Rights Project Should companies be able to patent human genes? Today, the Supreme Court answered that profound question with a resounding NO. Seems like common sense, right? But over the last 30 years, the U.S. Patent Office has issued patents on thousands of human genes, including genes associated with colon cancer, [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act!   10 months, 1 week ago · View

    By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women’s Rights Project, ACLU Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. On June 10, 1963, Congress enacted the first law to require employers to pay women the same salaries that they pay men. When the law was enacted, I was not quite one month old. My mother fought [...]

  • By Galen Sherwin, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project When Donnicia Venters disclosed to her manager as she was preparing to return to work after her maternity leave that she was breastfeeding and would need a place to pump breast milk, she was met with silence. And then told that her “spot ha been filled.” [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families   10 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    By Mie Lewis, Staff Attorney for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project This week, an Ohio federal jury awarded Christa Dias $171,000 after she was fired from her part-time teaching jobs at two religious schools. Dias had alleged that she was fired for becoming pregnant while unmarried. In response, the schools and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati had [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Mother’s Day is Over – But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn’t.   11 months, 1 week ago · View

    By Vania Leveille, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Lenora M. Lapidus, ACLU Women’s Rights Project Women make up almost half the workforce today, and, if they become pregnant, most will work throughout their pregnancy. Given this reality, you probably think the stories below are works of a bygone era. Well, you’d be wrong: A woman was 16 [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Mother’s Day is Over – But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn’t.   11 months, 1 week ago · View

    By Vania Leveille, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Lenora M. Lapidus, ACLU Women’s Rights Project Women make up almost half the workforce today, and, if they become pregnant, most will work throughout their pregnancy. Given this reality, you probably think the stories below are works of a bygone era. Well, you’d be wrong. A woman was 16 [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Bring Women’s Human Rights Home   1 year, 1 month ago · View

    By Lenora Lapidus, Director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project On this International Women’s Day, March 8, we call on the United States government to apply the same human rights principles it preaches for women elsewhere around the world, to women here at home. We are currently in the middle of the two-week United Nations Commission [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation   1 year, 1 month ago · View

    Today the most severe abortion ban in the country passed in Arkansas. This is a sad day, not only for the women and families of Arkansas, but for women across the country. This afternoon, the Arkansas House voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks, just [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation   1 year, 1 month ago · View

    Today the most severe abortion ban in the country passed in Arkansas. This is a sad day, not only for the women and families of Arkansas, but for women across the country. This afternoon, the Arkansas House voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks, just [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Clovis School District: Sex Education that Gets an “F”   1 year, 7 months ago · View

    By Phyllida Burlingame, ACLU of Northern California California state law mandates that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, science-based, and bias-free. So why are Clovis Unified High Schools teaching teens from a book that makes no mention of condoms, even in chapters about HIV/AIDS and on preventing STDs and unintended pregnancy? Recent events, such [...]

  • ThumbnailBy Elissa Berger, ACLU Advocacy and Policy Counsel As you may have heard, Mississippi passed a law earlier this year, which was explicitly designed to shut down the only health care center in the entire state where a woman can get a safe, legal abortion.  In passing the law, some politicians made quite clear that they knew [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Reproductive Health Victory in Kansas? Say that Again?   1 year, 10 months ago · View

    By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU The Kansas legislature is not known for being friendly to women’s health. Just last year, the Kansas legislature took away family planning and reproductive health services in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood and prohibited women from purchasing comprehensive health care coverage. This year, legislators were poised to [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Twelve More Lawsuits, Still No Case   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office Every few weeks, opponents of birth control manage to garner some media attention by objecting – again – to the federal contraceptive coverage rule, which ensures that millions of women will have affordable insurance coverage for contraception without extra out-of-pocket costs. But time after time, it’s just more of [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Combat Exclusion for Women Should No Longer Be the Rule   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women’s Rights Project & Elayne Weiss, ACLU Washington Legislative Office Earlier this week Huffington Post reported, "American women have served in the military since there has been an America to serve." And while it is widely acknowledged that women are already engaging in combat, American servicewomen continue to be officially excluded from being "assigned" to [...]

  • aclu wrote a new blog post: Combat Exclusion for Women Should No Longer Be the Rule   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women’s Rights Project & Elayne Weiss, ACLU Washington Legislative Office Earlier this week Huffington Post reported, "American women have served in the military since there has been an America to serve." And while it is widely acknowledged that women are already engaging in combat, American servicewomen continue to be officially excluded from being "assigned" to [...]

  • By Ariela Migdal, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office Less than three months after the Pentagon announced that it was loosening the rules that bar women from being assigned to ground combat units, the Marine Corps followed suit, taking important steps to open up previously restricted opportunities [...]

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