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This Woman Was Evicted for WHAT?!

This Woman Was Evicted for WHAT?!

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office & Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:17pm
It took a while, but earlier this year, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, which expanded important housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. As we reported earlier, previous VAWA protections only applied to public housing and Section 8 programs, leaving many survivors vulnerable to eviction.
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…

Your Place is in the Kitchen, Not on a Fire Truck

Your Place is in the Kitchen, Not on a Fire Truck

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:31am

Last week, we filed a friend-of-the court brief in support of Aimee Greene, a firefighter who faced discrimination and harassment while working in the Buckeye Valley Fire District in Arizona. Despite having college degrees in firefighting, thousands…

Taking a Stand Against a 21st Century Scarlet Letter

Taking a Stand Against a 21st Century Scarlet Letter

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 10:49am

Today, we filed suit in federal court on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother who was fired when her employer learned that she was pregnant. Jennifer's employer – a religiously-affiliated community organization called Inside Out – says that…

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am

Some anniversaries just don't deserve a celebration, and today is one of them. Thirty-seven years ago today, Congress shut off Medicaid coverage for abortion care, unfairly targeting low-income women.

The Hyde Amendment, which was enacted…

Big Win for Pregnant Workers in New York City

Big Win for Pregnant Workers in New York City

By Katharine Bodde, New York Civil Liberties Union at 4:41pm

How many times do we need to hear about a pregnant woman being pushed on to unpaid leave or fired because her employer won't provide some type of simple accommodation – a stool to sit on, a water bottle on a retail floor, more frequent restroom breaks.…

"Get out of my doctor's office" is right!

"Get out of my doctor's office" is right!

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:22am

By now, I'll bet you've seen the ad. The creepy one. With the young woman visiting her doctor for an annual well-woman exam. After being led to the exam room, the woman waits in stirrups for her doctor to arrive. Then she's horrified when a cartoonish…

Back to School Minus the Sex Stereotypes

Back to School Minus the Sex Stereotypes

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 1:33pm

Labor Day has come and gone, and the kids have gone back to school. And, fortunately, thanks, in part, to the Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes campaign, more students will be in classrooms where their teachers will get to know their individual learning…

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…

The Fierce Urgency of Now

The Fierce Urgency of Now

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 12:09pm

For me, few anniversaries inspire as much ambivalence as the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Billed as the "March for Jobs and Freedom," the event stands as both a shining example of the promise of the civil rights era and a reminder of…