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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 States, and has contributed to making America the world's largest incarcerator. Throughout the month, check back daily for posts about the drug war, its victims and what needs to be done to restore fairness and create effective policy.

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…

Wal-Mart Supreme Court Case Highlights Difficulty of Challenging Pay Disparities

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:07pm

Today, business and advocacy groups filed briefs in the Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by women employees of retail giant Wal-Mart.

In 2001, a group of women brought a lawsuit against the retailer charging that the company engaged in systemic…

The Constitution Protects Women Despite Justice Scalia's Views

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:46am

In a recent interview with California Lawyer, Justice Scalia stated that women are not protected by the Constitution. Scalia told the magazine:

Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue…

Watch It: CEDAW Hearing Today at 2 p.m.

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:28am

Today at 2 p.m., the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law will hold a hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — the landmark international treaty that affirms principles…

Ratify CEDAW, Because Women's Rights are Human Rights

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 5:51pm

Tomorrow, November 18, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law will hold a hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — the landmark international treaty…

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