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A Jury of One's Peers

A Jury of One's Peers

By Laughlin McDonald, Voting Rights Project at 11:20am
The ACLU has worked over the years to remove barriers to women serving on juries. Under English common law, which was the basis for early American law, women, except in a small category of cases, were deemed unfit to serve on juries under the doctrine of propter defectum sexus, a "defect of sex."
Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation

Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation

By Paola Garcia Rey, Counsel, Inter-American Human Rights System Project, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School at 8:46pm

This is a summary of Ms. Garcia Rey’s remarks from a panel discussion hosted by the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and Human Rights Program in conjunction with the 55th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

An…

The (Not-So-Secret) War on Moms : How the Supreme Court Took Protections Away from Pregnant Workers

The (Not-So-Secret) War on Moms : How the Supreme Court Took Protections Away from Pregnant Workers

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:03am

This week, the Supreme Court ruled, by the all-too-familiar 5-4 margin, that a provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) giving workers time off to care for their own serious health conditions — including pregnancy and childbirth…

No One Tells Mamma to "Just Go Home!"

No One Tells Mamma to "Just Go Home!"

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:12pm

Imagine you have just returned from maternity leave, still nursing your baby, and you find that your workplace has no place available for you to pump breast milk.  After trying for several hours to find a place, you ask for help from your department…

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from companies that want to violate this law. Here is a story from one of the many women whose boss has tried to deny her birth control.

The War on Women 2.0: Do They Think We’re Stupid?

The War on Women 2.0: Do They Think We’re Stupid?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 2:09pm

Many state legislatures are packing up for the summer, ending a year of full throttle attacks by extremist politicians on our reproductive health decisions.  Reflecting on the last six months, I am left with one big question: Do they think we’re…

Equal Pay by the Numbers

Equal Pay by the Numbers

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:02pm

Over fifty after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Senate is poised to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a much needed update to this law. While the Equal Pay Act was a historic piece of legislation that finally acknowledged that women…

Women who work full time still earn, on average, only $0.77 for ever $1 men earn

Equal Pay's Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:14am

Four years ago, the Paycheck Fairness Act failed in the Senate. The bill, which would have helped close the pay gap between men and women by updating the Equal Pay Act of 1963, had majority support. But because a few senators blocked…

Pregnant Woman Suffers. You Won't Believe Who's to Blame.

Pregnant Woman Suffers. You Won't Believe Who's to Blame.

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:34pm

When you show up at a hospital, in need of medical aid, you expect that you're going to get the care that you need—that the doctors and nurses will figure out what's wrong, explain to you the options for treating it, and give you the best medical…

In South Dakota, The Wolf Has Lost Its Clothes

In South Dakota, The Wolf Has Lost Its Clothes

By Shivana Jorawar, Esq., National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum at 2:32pm

Next week, the South Dakota legislature is expected to pass HB 1162, a bill that stereotypes Asian immigrants and restricts access to abortion. Supporters of the measure are using racially inflammatory language, invoking nativism and warning of the…