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Ariela
Migdal

Ariela Migdal (@ArielaMigdaljoined the ACLU in 2007 and has worked in such areas as women’s rights, gender-based workplace discrimination and single-sex education. She currently litigates cases concerning discrimination against women in traditionally male-dominated occupations. Migdal clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. She also clerked in the Israel Public Defender office. She received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2001. Migdal also holds an M.A. from London University and a B.A. from Harvard University.

A Free, Federal College Education - But Mostly For Men

A Free, Federal College Education - But Mostly For Men

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:30pm
West Point, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs are all top-tier educational institutions owned and operated at taxpayer expense by the United States government. They provide an elite education and leadership training to some of the best and brightest students free of charge. Considered the crown jewels of military leadership training, the academies produce officers who often go on to become the nation's military brass.
UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:36pm

We recently reported that the fight to let pregnant workers come to work has finally reached the Supreme Court.

On December 3, the court will hear the case of Peggy Young, a United Parcel Service (UPS) package driver who was forced off the…

Television Directing’s Still a Boys Club

Television Directing’s Still a Boys Club

By Melissa Goodman, National Security Project & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:16pm

This blog was cross-posted from the ACLU of Southern California.

The Directors' Guild of America has released its annual diversity report on TV directing, and it confirms what reports have shown over the past many years: calling "Action!" is…

What to Expect When Your Employee's Expecting

What to Expect When Your Employee's Expecting

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:22am

Asia Myers was counting on the paycheck she earned at her job at a nursing home to buy supplies for the baby girl she was expecting.

She was shocked, however, when her employer, the Hope Healthcare Center, forced her to go out on unpaid leave…

Pushing the Pentagon to Do the Right Thing

Pushing the Pentagon to Do the Right Thing

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:02pm

Yesterday, four servicewomen and the Service Women’s Action Network filed an updated complaint in their lawsuit against the Department of Defense for its ongoing policy and practice of banning women from thousands of jobs across the military, including…

Military Reveals Plans For Integrating Women Into Combat Units, But Many Questions Remain

Military Reveals Plans For Integrating Women Into Combat Units, But Many Questions Remain

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 11:02am

Yesterday, the Pentagon made public the plans that each branch of the military submitted to the Secretary of Defense explaining plans...

Stopping Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All: New York Leads the Way

Stopping Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All: New York Leads the Way

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Katharine Bodde, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:32pm

Julie Desantis-Mayer had worked as a package driver at UPS for nearly ten years before she and her husband made the decision...

Pregnant Worker in Connecticut Protected From Discrimination by State Law

Pregnant Worker in Connecticut Protected From Discrimination by State Law

By Lining Zhang, ACLU & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:25pm

Like many women, police officer Annie Balcastro of Wallingford, CT faced an uncertain future when she had to request a light-duty accommodation during her pregnancy. Many pregnant workers whose jobs entail physical activity are pushed…

States Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination

States Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:48pm

When Peggy Young got pushed out of her job at UPS after she became pregnant, she fought back by bringing a lawsuit against her employer, claiming that UPS discriminated against her by refusing to give her a light duty rotation, even though UPS admitted…

Women in Combat: Policy, Meet Reality

Women in Combat: Policy, Meet Reality

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:33pm

Until today, official United States policy banned all women from being assigned to ground combat units. The policy was military-wide and covered our whole gender – no exceptions for women who were fast, strong, excellent marksmen, good at keeping…

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