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Sex-Segregated Education on Trial Today

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:46am
Today, the first-ever court hearing over sex-segregated classes in coed public schools begins in a federal court in Lafayette, Louisiana.

30 Years of Fighting Discrimination against Women - It's Time the U.S. Stepped Up

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:56pm

Today, the United Nations and the world celebrate 30 years of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the international human rights treaty dedicated to gender equality, adopted by the United Nations…

White House Council Places Women and Girls at Front of Administration's Agenda

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 2:33pm

President Obama's executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls is a welcome move and a strong signal of the importance that this administration is placing on women. The fact that every cabinet secretary will be a member of the…

Realizing the UDHR Requires Ending Violence Against Women

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:57am

The 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is an opportunity to remind our government, particularly the incoming new administration and Congress, of its duty to protect the human rights of its people — an obligation…

What Good is the Constitution if You Can't Enforce it in Court?

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:50pm

There is a case currently before the Supreme Court, Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, that raises a fundamental question of individual constitutional rights: can a student who was sexually harassed in school raise sex discrimination claims under both Title IX (the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in public schools) and the Constitution?

To understand the question more fully, let's take a quick look at the relevant legal history:

In the years following the Civil War, there was a wave of action to try to create racial equality in the United States and dismantle the legacy of slavery. The States ratified the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, and Congress passed a series of civil rights laws, including 42 United States Code Section 1983, which allowed people to go to court to enforce the rights set forth in those amendments. Section 1983 has become a critical tool for enforcing our constitutional rights, and has played a key role in some of the most important civil rights and civil liberties battles of the last century, including Brown v. Board of Education, Tinker v. Des Moines, and Faulkner v. Jones.

U.N. Bodies Condemn Violations of Native, Minority, and Immigrant Women's Rights in the U.S.

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 5:15pm
This article was originally posted on HuffingtonPost. On the eve of the celebration of the 98th Annual International Women's Day, the international human rights community is sending a clear message to the United States government that it needs to step…

Antiquated Gender Stereotypes Underlie Radical Experiments in Sex-Segregated Education

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 7:50pm
On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine devoted its cover story to the new sex segregation movement in public schools. The same day, the Washington Post published one of the more offensively misogynist op-eds in memory, arguing that as a biological matter,…

CERD Addresses Women's Issues

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 12:02pm
Gender issues have been well represented in briefings during the opening days of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination's (CERD) 72nd session. The Committee requires all countries that have ratified the Convention for the Elimination…
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