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Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 1:15pm
Last Friday, a committee of the New York City Council attempted to answer a simple question: Why is it that in the year 2013, only 37 of 10,500 firefighters in New York City are women? Why is it that only a fraction of one percent of New York City's firefighters are women, when in other urban fire departments in places like Miami, San Francisco, and Minneapolis, women account for 13 to 17 percent of firefighters?
Your Place is in the Kitchen, Not on a Fire Truck

Your Place is in the Kitchen, Not on a Fire Truck

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:31am

Last week, we filed a friend-of-the court brief in support of Aimee Greene, a firefighter who faced discrimination and harassment while working in the Buckeye Valley Fire District in Arizona. Despite having college degrees in firefighting, thousands…

Taking a Stand Against a 21st Century Scarlet Letter

Taking a Stand Against a 21st Century Scarlet Letter

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 10:49am

Today, we filed suit in federal court on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother who was fired when her employer learned that she was pregnant. Jennifer's employer – a religiously-affiliated community organization called Inside Out – says that…

A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families

A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:42am

This week, an Ohio federal jury awarded Christa Dias $171,000 after she was fired from her part-time teaching jobs at two religious schools. Dias had alleged that she was fired for becoming pregnant while unmarried. In response, the schools and the…

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Puts Free Speech at Risk

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Puts Free Speech at Risk

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 12:10pm

Yesterday, we filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court in a case called United States Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, opposing the so-called "Anti-Prostitution Pledge." The Pledge is a…

Understanding Marital Status Discrimination as Sex Discrimination

Understanding Marital Status Discrimination as Sex Discrimination

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 3:19pm

Last month, we filed a complaint on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother who was fired for becoming pregnant while unmarried. Jennifer's case is one of a growing number of challenges to employers who fire unmarried workers for becoming pregnant…

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:05am

After meeting with visitors, prisoners in a Michigan prison are forced to remove all of their clothing and spread open their vaginal lips as a guard peers into their vaginal cavities.

Your Body, Your Decisions – This Means You, Moms!

Your Body, Your Decisions – This Means You, Moms!

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 1:57pm

Recently, a mother in South Carolina reached out to the ACLU for help. She was pregnant, and although she had had two prior cesarean surgeries, she wished to attempt a “trial of labor,” that is, to give birth naturally, rather than having…

Turning the Tide Against Unlawful Sex Segregation in Public Schools

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 12:32pm

In recent years, the number of public schools segregating their students by sex has ballooned, despite mounting evidence that single-sex programs don’t improve academic performance and instead perpetuate sex stereotypes. But things are changing.…

Kissing is Forbidden ("No Se Permiten Besos")

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 3:45pm

Just outside the town of Ponce, on Puerto Rico’s southern coast, is a prison for girls. Although the place is named “Center for Detention and Treatment” (Centro de Detención y Tratamiento Social), little by way of “treatment”…

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