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Defending Women's Rights Past, Present, and Future

Defending Women's Rights Past, Present, and Future

By Katherine A. Greenier, ACLU of Virginia at 6:58pm
Patricia M. Arnold, a pioneer woman aviator and longtime supporter of the ACLU of Virginia, was a trailblazer for women's rights. Arnold made history when she became the first woman in the world to own a helicopter. Her legacy lived on when, in 2007, Arnold left the bulk of her estate to the ACLU of Virginia Foundation to establish the Patricia M. Arnold Memorial Fund. The purpose of the fund, according to her will, is "to combat through all legal means, the pervasive and powerful sexual bias and sexual discrimination against women found to exist in the State of Virginia." The ACLU of Virginia is proud to fulfill Ms. Arnold's wishes to further gender equality through the recent establishment of the Patricia M. Arnold Women's Rights Project.
Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:39pm

Last week, the Ohio House voted on legislation that was breathtaking in its extremism: It would have banned all abortions after six weeks -- before many women even know they're pregnant.

First the good news: Legislators voted down the bill.…

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:55pm

Late last week, the Arkansas Medical Board initially voted 7-6 not to intrude into the relationship between women and their doctors. They declined to require medical providers to perform an ultrasound exam for a woman seeking abortion care, and then…

The 'Brass Ceiling' Is Still Alive and Well in the US Military

The 'Brass Ceiling' Is Still Alive and Well in the US Military

By Greg Jacob, Policy Director, Service Women's Action Network at 12:42pm

The following is an excerpt from an oped on integrating women into combat positions that ran in Defense One on November 12. You can read the full piece here.

A key lawsuit that fights for women in combat is still moving through the courts.

As…

This Is What Happens When the Secretary of Defense is in Charge of Your Medical Care

This Is What Happens When the Secretary of Defense is in Charge of Your Medical Care

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 10:08am

When Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on August 21, 2013, she was immediately worried that she would be denied desperately needed medical care for gender dysphoria.

So far, her worst fears of suffering without treatment have…

Illinois Commits to True Sex Equality in the Workplace

Illinois Commits to True Sex Equality in the Workplace

By Hedy Gutfreund at 12:18pm

Pregnancy shouldn't be a firing offense, but time and time again, when pregnant women ask their employers for reasonable accommodations, they are shown the door.

Guadalupe, a pregnant fast food worker in Illinois, was denied necessary bathroom…

Alabama Hospitals To Pregnant Women – "Sorry, honey, we won’t help you here."

Alabama Hospitals To Pregnant Women – "Sorry, honey, we won’t help you here."

By Jenny Lee, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union at 1:13pm

It's what every pregnant woman fears. There she is excited to be pregnant for the first time. She is finally getting over the morning sickness, and she and her husband have just shared the happy news with their friends and family. Then, one night the…

My University Has Failed Me

My University Has Failed Me

By "Gabrielle" at 11:01am

I entered my first relationship during the beginning of my freshman year of college at Carnegie Mellon University. Everything was going just as I had hoped. I loved my classes and my new friends and I was dating another woman in my program. However,…

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

By Ramya S., 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…

Reproductive Health Restrictions Hurt Asian-American Women

Reproductive Health Restrictions Hurt Asian-American Women

By Zeenat N. Hasan, Co-Founder, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Arizona Chapter at 2:40pm

UPDATE: On March 12, 2014 we appealed the dismissal of our challenge to Arizona’s discriminatory race- and sex-based abortion ban (HB 2443).

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the…