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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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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