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A Ray of Hope for Women in the Lone Star State: Victory in the Supreme Court

A Ray of Hope for Women in the Lone Star State: Victory in the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:36am
At 7:15 on Tuesday night, we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked enforcement of part of the notorious Texas law that had shuttered 80 percent of the state’s abortion clinics. 
The Worst Phone Call of My Career:  I’m Sorry Clinics, You Have to Close

The Worst Phone Call of My Career: I’m Sorry Clinics, You Have to Close

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:45pm

I had to make a phone call today that I have been dreading my entire career. I had to call amazing abortion clinics to tell them that they must to close their doors after serving Texas women for more than 30 years. 

An appeals court just…

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…

John Conyers and MLK

The Civil Rights Act at 50: A Conversation with Rep. John Conyers

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:48pm

Listening to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) speak is like having a real life history lesson. Mr. Conyers is the second-longest serving member of Congress, having been in office for nearly 50 years.  After participating in the March on Washington…

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:08pm

Some of America's most vulnerable workers are victims of modern-day slavery, and the government knows it. What's worse: These workers are protecting U.S. military and economic interests – but the U.S. isn't protecting them.

In its annual…

The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

The 40th Anniversary of an LGBT Milestone in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00pm

Forty years ago today, "Battling Bella" Abzug, a member of Congress from New York and a trailblazer for women, introduced a bill to protect gay people from discrimination for the first time in American history. The Equality Act of 1974 would have banned…

Victory! Title IX Protects Transgender Students

Victory! Title IX Protects Transgender Students

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:43am

Good news for transgender students was hidden in the White House's big news on sexual violence in schools and on college campuses on Tuesday. This latest breakthrough comes during an often fraught time of the school year for transgender and gender…

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…

"Hope" Triumphs over Abuse and Housing Discrimination

"Hope" Triumphs over Abuse and Housing Discrimination

By Ramya S., ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:54pm

Imagine you endure abuse in your own home, and are finally able to flee. You want to keep your children safe, and you are ready to start a new life. But your abuser continues to stalk you. You finally find a safe and affordable place to live.

But…