Blog of Rights


Seizing the Moment to Engage the Obama Administration in Real Change for Women and Girls

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 8:39pm
Tomorrow will mark International Women’s Day, providing an opportunity both to celebrate women and the strides we’ve made towards equality, and to recommit ourselves to the ongoing struggles for women’s rights.

Standing up for the Rights of Domestic Workers on International Migrants Day

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 1:46pm

Remember the Long Island millionaire couple convicted of enslaving two domestic workers they had brought to the U.S. from Indonesia? Although this story got much more media attention than other similar occurrences, it is far from an isolated event.…

GAO Report Highlights State Department Abandonment of Domestic Workers

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 2:32pm

Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office released a human rights report (PDF) documenting the abuse and exploitation of domestic workers by foreign diplomats in the U.S. As described by Kirk Semple on the New York Times blog, this…

Three Women's Rights Victories on the Eve of Women's History Month

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 4:03pm
This has been an exciting week for women's rights in the courts, a fitting lead-in to Women's History Month, which begins tomorrow, March 1. In three victories this week, the ACLU Women's Rights Project continued to chip away at the gender inequity that…
Aloha Marriage!

Aloha Marriage!

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 6:06pm

Today the Hawaii Senate cast the final vote needed to advance the marriage bill to the desk of the governor, who will sign in the next day or two, sealing Hawaii's position as the 16th state with the freedom to marry. This brings to a close an intense…

Revaluing "Women's Work:" Ending the Exploitation and Abuse of Domestic Workers

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 2:02pm

A reminder to those of you in the New York area to join us tomorrow at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women for a film screening and discussion about the human rights of domestic workers.

For decades, nannies, caregivers, and housekeepers…

Engaging with the Obama Administration to Advance the Human Rights of Women

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 2:11pm

President Obama hit the ground running on women's rights when, in his second week in office, he made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first major bill he signed into law.

This week, human rights advocates will gather at the United Nations…

Another Victory in the Fight Against Sexual Harassment

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 1:56pm

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that speaking out about sexual harassment at work shouldn't cost you your job. This comes on the tails of last week's ruling that students who are sexually harassed can bring claims under both Title IX and Section…

DOC Doesn't Get It

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 5:48pm

On Wednesday, nearly nine months after the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the transfer of 40 women prisoners from New Jersey's women's prison to a men's supermax prison, the Department of Corrections (DOC) transferred the women back.

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