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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?
An Unthinkable Choice

An Unthinkable Choice

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 10:41am

Asia Myers, a pregnant woman expecting a baby girl in less than a month, works for an employer that forced her to make an unthinkable choice between a healthy pregnancy and her paycheck.

Early in her pregnancy, Asia suffered from complications…

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…

A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice.

A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice.

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:17pm

Last night the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision refusing to block a Texas law that has forced more than one third of the women's health centers to stop providing abortion. The Court reached its decision despite the fact that the law is having devastating…

Albuquerque Voters Decisively Reject Abortion Ban: Can You Hear Us Now?

Albuquerque Voters Decisively Reject Abortion Ban: Can You Hear Us Now?

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 1:44pm

Yesterday, voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico stood up for women and families, turning out in force to defeat a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks by a 10 point margin. Time and again, we've seen women and families raise their voices to oppose…

Albuquerque: Today's Front Line in the War on Women

Albuquerque: Today's Front Line in the War on Women

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 11:15am

This year, anti-choice forces coordinated a nationwide attack on reproductive rights. From Arkansas to North Dakota, Texas to North Carolina, the goal is clear: banning abortion completely.

And today the fight has come to Albuquerque, New Mexico,…

Thanks Birth Control!

Thanks Birth Control!

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:57am

Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's time to give thanks to our favorite wingwoman: Birth control.

I am just one of the many, many people who are thankful for birth control. Today on "Thanks Birth Control" Day, let me count the ways:

Acne…
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…

Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 2:18pm

Am I confused, or didn't we celebrate Halloween last week? I distinctly remember handing out candy to the ghouls and goblins that banged on my door demanding sweets. But it looks like anti-choice lawmakers didn't check their calendar, because they're…

Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 9:05am

Ruth Moore was raped by her supervisor while serving in the Navy. After she left the service, she fought for 23 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") before obtaining disability benefits based on the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD")…