Breastfeeding Rights

No One Tells Mamma to "Just Go Home!"

No One Tells Mamma to "Just Go Home!"

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:12pm
Imagine you have just returned from maternity leave, still nursing your baby, and you find that your workplace has no place available for you to pump breast milk.  After trying for several hours to find a place, you ask for help from your department head, who says “You know, I think it’s best that you just go home to be with your babies.”  She hands you a pen and paper, advises you to resign, and even dictates what you should write down as your letter of resignation. 
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…

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.

Congratulations Moms. This One Is for Us!

Congratulations Moms. This One Is for Us!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:49pm

Yesterday we told you about an amazing change in the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), lactation policy for nursing mothers. The new policy allows nursing mothers, to request extended or additional breaks to pump during the LSAT, for up to one year…

Want to Breastfeed Your Baby? You're Fired!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Rebecca T. Wallace, ACLU of Colorado at 4:03pm

Imagine you've recently come back to work after maternity leave and you're using every last minute of your break time to pump breast milk to feed your baby at home. You just need a little help from your employer — an extra 20 minutes a few times…

Victory! Nursing Mothers Taking the LSAT Finally Catch a Break

Victory! Nursing Mothers Taking the LSAT Finally Catch a Break

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:24pm

Following action by the ACLU and numerous sister organizations, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the organization that administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), recently announced a new lactation policy for nursing mothers. The new…

LSAT to Nursing Moms: Need Time to Pump?  Tough Titties!

LSAT to Nursing Moms: Need Time to Pump? Tough Titties!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:04pm

Women should not be forced to choose between breastfeeding their babies and pursuing a legal education — right?

Wrong — at least according to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the organization that administers the LSAT.

This…

Hey, Staples, Put This in Your "Lactation Chamber" and Pump It!

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:08am

Tom Stemberg, co-founder of the Staples office supply chain, complained in a recent interview that the Affordable Care Act (known by opponents as “Obamacare”) will cost jobs by mandating that employers set up “lactation chambers.”

This…

Nursing Mom Speaks Out Against LSAC Policy

Nursing Mom Speaks Out Against LSAC Policy

By Ashley at 1:28pm

On October 1, 2011, I sat on the bathroom floor of the LSAT test center pumping milk for my 5 month old son. I felt dirty, embarrassed, stressed, and alone. Things no one should feel as they are in the midst of taking one of the most important…

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