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No One Tells Mamma to "Just Go Home!"

No One Tells Mamma to "Just Go Home!"

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:12pm
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, I think it’s best that you just go home to be with your babies.”  She hands you a pen and paper, advises you to resign, and even dictates what you should write down as your letter of resignation. 
Sexism Is Alive and Well on the Interwebs

Sexism Is Alive and Well on the Interwebs

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:40pm

In documenting how she was stalked and threatened online, Amanda Hess, a feminist journalist, shines an unflinching spotlight on the ugly misogyny that too often pervades online forums, making women feel unwelcome or even unsafe just for speaking our…

Visiting Capitol Hill in Celebration of 40 Years of Title IX

Visiting Capitol Hill in Celebration of 40 Years of Title IX

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:02pm

Forty years ago, we would have been rarities, women lawyers. Congresswoman Gwen Moore would have been a greater rarity: an African American female member of the House of Representatives. Yesterday we were on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 40th anniversary…

Congratulations Moms. This One Is for Us!

Congratulations Moms. This One Is for Us!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:49pm

Yesterday we told you about an amazing change in the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), lactation policy for nursing mothers. The new policy allows nursing mothers, to request extended or additional breaks to pump during the LSAT, for up to one year…

Victory! Nursing Mothers Taking the LSAT Finally Catch a Break

Victory! Nursing Mothers Taking the LSAT Finally Catch a Break

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:24pm

Following action by the ACLU and numerous sister organizations, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the organization that administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), recently announced a new lactation policy for nursing mothers. The new…

How Do I Marginalize Thee? One High School Principal Counts the Ways

How Do I Marginalize Thee? One High School Principal Counts the Ways

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief & Amanda Goad, LGBT Project & Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:01pm

Just how many ways can one public school official violate students' legal rights? The principal of Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee, seems to be going for a record.

At an assembly earlier this month, Principal Dorothy Bond reportedly…

Hey, Staples, Put This in Your "Lactation Chamber" and Pump It!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:08am

Tom Stemberg, co-founder of the Staples office supply chain, complained in a recent interview that the Affordable Care Act (known by opponents as “Obamacare”) will cost jobs by mandating that employers set up “lactation chambers.”

This…

Madison School Board Rejects Sex Segregated School

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:13am

Early Tuesday morning in Wisconsin, the Madison School Board voted 5-2 against a proposal to start a charter school that would have segregated students on the basis of sex, relying on a model of “gender specific” instruction. …

LSAT to Nursing Moms: Need Time to Pump?  Tough Titties!

LSAT to Nursing Moms: Need Time to Pump? Tough Titties!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:04pm

Women should not be forced to choose between breastfeeding their babies and pursuing a legal education — right?

Wrong — at least according to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the organization that administers the LSAT.

This…

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