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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 that it routinely accommodates workers with on-the-job injuries, workers who lose their drivers’ licenses, and workers who are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Unfortunately, many employers think it’s okay to treat pregnant workers worse than other employees who need temporary light duty positions or other temporary adjustments, like the ability to sit down or drink more water.  And some courts have agreed. 
Bring Women's Human Rights Home

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:13am

On this International Women's Day, March 8, we call on the United States government to apply the same human rights principles it preaches for women elsewhere around the world, to women here at home. We are currently in the middle of the two-week United…

Title IX: Means More than Sports For My Daughter and All of Our Children

Title IX: Means More than Sports For My Daughter and All of Our Children

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:43pm

Today, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a civil rights law that despite, or maybe because of, its brevity (the law’s main provision is only 36 words long) has become an indispensable tool for fighting gender discrimination in education. Most…

SCOTUS to Wal-Mart Women:  You're on Your Own

SCOTUS to Wal-Mart Women: You're on Your Own

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:19pm

The Supreme Court ruled this morning 5-4 that a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging sex discrimination in pay and promotions at Wal-Mart cannot go forward.

The War on Drugs = A War on Women and Families

The War on Drugs = A War on Women and Families

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:44pm

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United…

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…

My Mother's Gift to Me

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 9:59am

I miss my mom on Mother's Day. She died a little over two years ago. My mother was a vital force — in her own life and in mine. Among the many things she taught me and the many passions she instilled in me, her views about women's equality were…

A Woman in the White House — When?

A Woman in the White House — When?

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:57pm

When I heard the news on Saturday that Geraldine Ferraro had passed away, tears came to my eyes. I have vivid memories of Ferraro's ill-fated candidacy for vice president. In the summer of 1984, I was a college intern at the Institute for Policy…

Wow! What a Party for International Women's Day!

Wow! What a Party for International Women's Day!

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:55pm

Yesterday, the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, was quite a celebration! The day was marked by events, rallies, marches over bridges, web chats, proclamations, statements, speeches, and parties all over the world. Even Google joined…

Women's Rights: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

Women's Rights: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

By Anne Morrison, Women's Rights Project & Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:39pm

Today, March 8, marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD), a day that honors the achievements women have made, while noting the obstacles we must still overcome. Women have made great strides toward equality since 1911, but…

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