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Bring Women's Human Rights Home

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:13am
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 on the Status of Women (CSW). This year's 57th CSW focuses on elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. On Tuesday, the ACLU was invited to take part in an interactive discussion with a panel of world experts. The United States participated in the discussion as well.
Title IX: Means More than Sports For My Daughter and All of Our Children

Title IX: Means More than Sports For My Daughter and All of Our Children

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:43pm

Today, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a civil rights law that despite, or maybe because of, its brevity (the law’s main provision is only 36 words long) has become an indispensable tool for fighting gender discrimination in education. Most…

SCOTUS to Wal-Mart Women:  You're on Your Own

SCOTUS to Wal-Mart Women: You're on Your Own

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:19pm

The Supreme Court ruled this morning 5-4 that a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging sex discrimination in pay and promotions at Wal-Mart cannot go forward.

The War on Drugs = A War on Women and Families

The War on Drugs = A War on Women and Families

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:44pm

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United…

Louisiana School Board Suspends Sex-Segregation Program

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:24pm

A local school board in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, voted Thursday night to suspend a program at a public middle school that has for two years separated girls from boys in core curriculum classes. The decision was announced as the ACLU was poised…

My Mother's Gift to Me

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 9:59am

I miss my mom on Mother's Day. She died a little over two years ago. My mother was a vital force — in her own life and in mine. Among the many things she taught me and the many passions she instilled in me, her views about women's equality were…

A Woman in the White House — When?

A Woman in the White House — When?

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:57pm

When I heard the news on Saturday that Geraldine Ferraro had passed away, tears came to my eyes. I have vivid memories of Ferraro's ill-fated candidacy for vice president. In the summer of 1984, I was a college intern at the Institute for Policy…

Wow! What a Party for International Women's Day!

Wow! What a Party for International Women's Day!

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:55pm

Yesterday, the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, was quite a celebration! The day was marked by events, rallies, marches over bridges, web chats, proclamations, statements, speeches, and parties all over the world. Even Google joined…

Women's Rights: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

Women's Rights: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

By Anne Morrison, Women's Rights Project & Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:39pm

Today, March 8, marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD), a day that honors the achievements women have made, while noting the obstacles we must still overcome. Women have made great strides toward equality since 1911, but…

Wal-Mart Supreme Court Case Highlights Difficulty of Challenging Pay Disparities

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:07pm

Today, business and advocacy groups filed briefs in the Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by women employees of retail giant Wal-Mart.

In 2001, a group of women brought a lawsuit against the retailer charging that the company engaged in systemic…

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