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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?
How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 8:23am

What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? The answer is clear - menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Boys…

Who's the Boss? Not Who You Think.

Who's the Boss? Not Who You Think.

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:58pm

Meet Tony and Angela.  Angela is a floor worker at a manufacturing plant and Tony is her shift supervisor. Tony’s boss, who works offsite, decides whom to hire or fire at this particular plant.  But Tony makes Angela’s schedule, gives…

Bad Ideas and Principles During "School Choice Week"

Bad Ideas and Principles During "School Choice Week"

By Steven Waddy, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 10:24am

Last week, there was a lot of emphasis on income inequality, social mobility, and class concerns, but not all of the attention came from President Obama and his State of the Union message. It was also "School Choice Week," and proponents of taxpayer-funded…

Is a 'Magic Wand' Needed To Fix Anti-Discrimination Bill?

Is a 'Magic Wand' Needed To Fix Anti-Discrimination Bill?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:39pm

In a wide-ranging interview with Salon’s Josh Eidelson, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first openly LGBT member of the U.S. Senate, was asked several questions about efforts to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination, including the Employment…

With No Evidence of Wrongdoing, NYPD Treats Entire Mosques as Terrorist Groups

With No Evidence of Wrongdoing, NYPD Treats Entire Mosques as Terrorist Groups

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 2:44pm

The Associated Press reported today that the NYPD designated entire mosques "terrorism enterprises" in order to justify the use of invasive methods to spy on congregants and imams. The report confirms what we have long been saying about the NYPD's…

Executive Action Needed to End Employment Discrimination

Executive Action Needed to End Employment Discrimination

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:27am

The following was originally published on MSNBC.com:

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama promised to make 2014 a "year of action." The Obama's words offer reason for optimism, and he touched on a number of important civil…

Why Is Wyoming Discriminating Against Jewish Prisoners?

Why Is Wyoming Discriminating Against Jewish Prisoners?

By Carrie Ellen Sager, PFRB Legal Fellow, ACLU at 1:50pm

The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) prohibits Jewish prisoners in Wyoming from wearing a kippah (also known as a yarmulke) anywhere other than in their own cells or during religious services. Today, the ACLU and the ACLU of Wyoming sent a…

Fired for Being Transgender, What ENDA Vote Means To Me

Fired for Being Transgender, What ENDA Vote Means To Me

By Diane Schroer at 2:06pm

Hearing and reading about the debate over the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate the past couple of days has been a surreal experience.

We've come a long way. It was not even ten years ago that I had a job offer rescinded…

I Don't Care What Your Doctor Says. You're Fired!

I Don't Care What Your Doctor Says. You're Fired!

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am

Here's the story: a pregnant woman is working, paying her bills, paying taxes, and taking care of her family. She's in the workforce, contributing to the economy, and trying to carve out a little piece of the American dream by doing what everybody…