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"Science" Says No to Single-Sex Education

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:04pm
When it comes to public education, there is no doubt that we are in a crisis, particularly when it comes to low-income and minority students. Unfortunately, the search for solutions has led to a movement across the country to establish single-sex classrooms and schools, many of which rely on the faulty theory that girls and boys learn differently and need to be educated separately. This is not a solution. Our sons and daughters deserve schools free from discrimination and stereotypes, including gender stereotypes.

Bloomberg L.P Decision Takes Women's Equality Two Steps Back

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:33pm

Today, as we celebrate Women's Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, I find myself reflecting on a central lesson of the struggle for suffrage: the power to effect political change…

Want to Breastfeed Your Baby? You're Fired!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Rebecca T. Wallace, ACLU of Colorado at 4:03pm

Imagine you've recently come back to work after maternity leave and you're using every last minute of your break time to pump breast milk to feed your baby at home. You just need a little help from your employer — an extra 20 minutes a few times…

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…

For Mother's Day, Screw Chocolate! Give Us Equality!

For Mother's Day, Screw Chocolate! Give Us Equality!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:08am

When I was in the third grade, my mom gave me a button to wear to school that said “I’m a mini-feminist.” Yes, it was the 1970s. And yes, I got teased. When I came home from school in tears, my mom explained that wearing the button…

Protecting the Human Rights of Domestic Workers

Protecting the Human Rights of Domestic Workers

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:42pm

Mani Kumari Sabbithi was brought to the United States in July 2005 by a Kuwaiti diplomat and his wife to work in their home in McLean, Virginia. The diplomat and his wife forcibly confined Sabbithi in their home, confiscated her passport, and …

Restoring Dignity on the Job to Breastfeeding Mothers

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 6:04pm

Returning to work after having a new baby can pose real barriers for women who are breastfeeding. Consider the following real-life examples:

When one employee returned from maternity leave, her employer criticized her for needing to express…

Human Trafficking Victims Take Significant Steps Toward Bringing Kuwaiti Diplomats to Justice

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:29pm

For two years, Mani Kumari Sabbithi, Joaquina Quadros, and Gila Sixtina Fernandes were held as slaves by a Kuwaiti diplomat and his wife at their home in McLean, Virginia. Deprived of food, underpaid, isolated from the outside world and threatened…

What Does Birth Control Have to do With Your Mortgage?

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 2:19pm

Imagine if you were applying for a loan and were asked to write a letter to the bank discussing your "family planning." Believe it or not, that is what happened to one woman in Pennsylvania who was applying along with her husband for a…

Keeping Gender Stereotypes Out of Classrooms

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:30pm

Increasingly, school districts throughout the country are instituting single-sex classes in coeducational public schools based on faulty and outdated stereotypes. Many of these programs are rooted in the theories of single-sex education proponents…

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