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Women Wrestlers Go to the Mat for Equal Rights

By Eliza Beeney, Eliza Beeney, Women's Rights Project at 1:10pm
According to its website, “UC Davis and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are committed to gender equity and adherence to federal Title IX requirements.” But it didn’t seem that way to Arezou Mansourian and many of her female teammates on the school’s wrestling team. Last week, a federal court agreed with the women that the university failed to follow the requirements of Title IX, the federal law passed in 1972 to eliminate sex discrimination at institutions that receive federal funding.
Fulfilling the Promise of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Fulfilling the Promise of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

By Lilly Ledbetter & Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:08pm

The following op-ed was originally published by Roll Call.

A little more than five years ago, after years of fighting for the rights of those demanding pay equality, we stood together at the White House watching President Barack Obama take…

Celebrate Women's Equality Day – Support Equal Pay Today!

Celebrate Women's Equality Day – Support Equal Pay Today!

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 1:08pm

On this Women's Equality Day - the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote - I'm struck by all the ways in which women have yet to attain equality. Also, because this August 26 comes two days before the 50th Anniversary of…

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

By Ramya Sekaran, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:30pm

Last week, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington took an important step forward in the fight to ensure the rights of victims of domestic violence. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of the daughters of the late Baerbel Roznowski, Carola Washburn…

Back to Coeducation in Wood County: Judge Rules School May Not Separate Students by Sex This Year

Back to Coeducation in Wood County: Judge Rules School May Not Separate Students by Sex This Year

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:56pm

The Van Devender Middle School in Wood County, West Virginia, will return to coeducation next week, thanks to the efforts of a courageous mother who refused to allow her daughters to be assigned to discriminatory single-sex classes for another year.…

Sexism Is Alive and Well on the Interwebs

Sexism Is Alive and Well on the Interwebs

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:40pm

In documenting how she was stalked and threatened online, Amanda Hess, a feminist journalist, shines an unflinching spotlight on the ugly misogyny that too often pervades online forums, making women feel unwelcome or even unsafe just for speaking our…

Teach Kids Not Stereotypes

Teach Kids Not Stereotypes

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 10:23am

Today, we are sending demand letters to school districts in Florida, Maine, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama insisting that they take steps to end single-sex programs that rely on and promote archaic and harmful sex stereotypes, and…

Aerial view of the U.S. Patent Office building; Image source: Cliff/Flickr

Is the "Patent Happy" Patent Office Violating the First Amendment?

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:43pm

Last April, during the Supreme Court oral arguments in our case challenging patents on human genes, Justice Kagan remarked, "The PTO seems very patent happy." Her comment, and the unanimous decision invalidating gene patents, clearly expressed the…

106 Degrees and Dead Bugs. "Good Enough" For Breastfeeding Moms?

106 Degrees and Dead Bugs. "Good Enough" For Breastfeeding Moms?

By Bobbi Bockoras at 10:55am

This is the story of how I ended up pumping breast milk while sitting on a filthy floor, covered in dirt and dead bugs, at the plant where I work – and what I decided to do about it.