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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.

The Constitution Protects Women Despite Justice Scalia's Views

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:46am

In a recent interview with California Lawyer, Justice Scalia stated that women are not protected by the Constitution. Scalia told the magazine:

Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue…

Watch It: CEDAW Hearing Today at 2 p.m.

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:28am

Today at 2 p.m., the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law will hold a hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — the landmark international treaty that affirms principles…

Ratify CEDAW, Because Women's Rights are Human Rights

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 5:51pm

Tomorrow, November 18, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law will hold a hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — the landmark international treaty…

Sex-Segregated Education on Trial Today

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:46am

Today, the first-ever court hearing over sex-segregated classes in coed public schools begins in a federal court in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In August 2009, the parents of students of the Rene A. Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, learned…

30 Years of Fighting Discrimination against Women - It's Time the U.S. Stepped Up

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:56pm

Today, the United Nations and the world celebrate 30 years of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the international human rights treaty dedicated to gender equality, adopted by the United Nations…

White House Council Places Women and Girls at Front of Administration's Agenda

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 2:33pm

President Obama's executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls is a welcome move and a strong signal of the importance that this administration is placing on women. The fact that every cabinet secretary will be a member of the…

Realizing the UDHR Requires Ending Violence Against Women

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:57am

The 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is an opportunity to remind our government, particularly the incoming new administration and Congress, of its duty to protect the human rights of its people — an obligation…

What Good is the Constitution if You Can't Enforce it in Court?

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:50pm

There is a case currently before the Supreme Court, Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, that raises a fundamental question of individual constitutional rights: can a student who was sexually harassed in school raise sex discrimination claims under both Title IX (the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in public schools) and the Constitution?

To understand the question more fully, let's take a quick look at the relevant legal history:

In the years following the Civil War, there was a wave of action to try to create racial equality in the United States and dismantle the legacy of slavery. The States ratified the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, and Congress passed a series of civil rights laws, including 42 United States Code Section 1983, which allowed people to go to court to enforce the rights set forth in those amendments. Section 1983 has become a critical tool for enforcing our constitutional rights, and has played a key role in some of the most important civil rights and civil liberties battles of the last century, including Brown v. Board of Education, Tinker v. Des Moines, and Faulkner v. Jones.

U.N. Bodies Condemn Violations of Native, Minority, and Immigrant Women's Rights in the U.S.

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:15pm
This article was originally posted on HuffingtonPost. On the eve of the celebration of the 98th Annual International Women's Day, the international human rights community is sending a clear message to the United States government that it needs to step…
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