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18 More Cents...in 50 Years

18 More Cents...in 50 Years

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:58am
Over the last five decades, women have broken many barriers in education, business, and government. We need look no further than Congress to see the progress women have made: in 1963, Congress had only 14 women. In contrast, the new 113th Congress seated 97 women, the highest representation of women in United States history. The progress of women is also evident across the workforce. Today, women make up half of all workers in the United States and are increasingly becoming co- or primary breadwinners for their families.
Mr. President, Walk With Us On Our Journey for Equal Pay

Mr. President, Walk With Us On Our Journey for Equal Pay

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:16pm

Today, the ACLU joined over 100 organizations to send a letter to President Obama asking for executive action to combat pay discrimination.

For far too long, equal pay has been out of reach for many women as a result of workplace discrimination.…

North Dakota Today. What's Next Tomorrow?

North Dakota Today. What's Next Tomorrow?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:10pm

Today, North Dakota achieved the shameful distinction of enacting the most restrictive law on abortion in any state. In addition to passing a bill that would ban abortions after only six weeks of pregnancy, Gov. Jack Dalrymple also signed into law…

North Dakota Might Ban Abortion. What Do You Need to Know?

North Dakota Might Ban Abortion. What Do You Need to Know?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:15pm

What passed the legislature in North Dakota?

Two bills are on their way to the Governor's desk: HB 1456 would ban most abortions. The ban on abortion starts very early in pregnancy, before a woman may know the health of her pregnancy…

How Can North Dakota Pols Ban Abortion? Let Me Count the Ways.

How Can North Dakota Pols Ban Abortion? Let Me Count the Ways.

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:31pm

Update: The North Dakota legislature passed a bill today that bans most abortions in the state. Should this bill be signed into law by the governor, North Dakota will become the first state in the nation to ban most abortions.

Some politicians…

Defending the Contraceptive Rule

Defending the Contraceptive Rule

By Richard Muniz, Reproductive Rights Fellow, ACLU of Illinois at 1:59pm

Today, the ACLU and the ACLU of Illinois filed a friend-of-the-court brief in two additional appeals challenging the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") contraceptive coverage rule. Our brief urges the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reject requests…

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:13am

On this International Women's Day, March 8, we call on the United States government to apply the same human rights principles it preaches for women elsewhere around the world, to women here at home. We are currently in the middle of the two-week United…

Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation

Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:24pm

Today the most severe abortion ban in the country passed in Arkansas. This is a sad day, not only for the women and families of Arkansas, but for women across the country.

This afternoon, the Arkansas House voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's…

Women’s History Month: We’ve Come So Far, We Have So Far to Go

Women’s History Month: We’ve Come So Far, We Have So Far to Go

By Emily Carter, Legal Assistant, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 5:31pm

Today is March 1st – the start of Women’s History Month, which is dedicated to honoring women throughout history who have taken part in the movement to advance women’s rights. Over the years, women have fought tirelessly against discrimination…

Native American Women Demand Rightful Access to Emergency Contraception

Native American Women Demand Rightful Access to Emergency Contraception

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Charon Asetoyer, CEO, Native American Community Board at 2:31pm

Imagine being denied emergency contraception after a sexual assault; to not even be informed about the steps you can take to prevent an unwanted pregnancy; and to later find yourself pregnant as a result of the rape.

For thousands of Native…