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Spread the Word — Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and Gene Patents

By Aliya Hussain, Women's Rights Project at 12:03pm
The last week of September was recently recognized as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. As people take this time to learn about cancer risk, we also want to highlight a significant barrier for patients' access to care and research: patents on human genes.

A Vote For Women, A Vote For CEDAW

By Aliya Hussain, Women's Rights Project at 11:08am
In January 1917, Alison Turnbull Hopkins pickets for suffrage outside the White House gate.

During the winter of 1916–1917, suffragists…

Title IX: Looking Back and Ahead

By Aliya Hussain, Women's Rights Project & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Jessica Moldovan, Women's Rights Project at 5:27pm

Before 1972, there was little protection for women and girls against sex discrimination in education. Today, we celebrate the 38th Anniversary of Title IX, recognizing advances that have been made, as well as the work that remains to be done.

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Scientists, Pundits and Journos Weigh In: Don't Patent Our Genes

By Aliya Hussain, Women's Rights Project & Jessica Moldovan, Women's Rights Project at 1:42pm

For the past year, the ACLU has been working to end patents on human genes, genes we all have in our bodies. The ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Myriad…

Trouble at Home: Domestic Workers Speak Out Against Exploitation and Abuse

By Aliya Hussain, Women's Rights Project at 3:31pm

The work of nannies, in-home caregivers, housekeepers, and other domestic laborers is amongst the most undervalued and under-regulated industries in the United States — a legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and the undervaluation of “women’s…

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