Women's History Month 2008

Document Date: February 23, 2007


Women have made great strides in the fight for equality, but gender bias continues to create huge barriers for many—especially immigrants, women of color, women with low incomes, and victims of domestic violence.

Women’s History Month draws attention to the women who have fought for the rights we have today, and at the same time highlights the ongoing struggles for women’s equality, such as ensuring economic and educational opportunities for all women, ending violence against women, and addressing the harms to women and girls caught up in the criminal justice system.

Since 1972 the ACLU Women’s Rights Project has been working to systematically end discrimination against women and girls and to challenge the obstacles that prevent women and girls from participating fully in all aspects of society.

> Corcoran v. German Social Society
> Lewis v. North End Village, et al.
> Simpson v. University of Colorado
> Espinal v. Ramco General Stores
> Simmonds v. NYC Department of Correction
> New Mexico v. Martinez

> Jones v. Hayman
> Medina v. County of San Bernadino
> Domestic Workers Petition to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
> Jessica Gonzales v. U.S.A.
> Undocumented Workers Petition the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

> Modern Enslavement of Migrant Domestic Workers by Foreign Diplomats in the United States
> Violation of Incarcerated Women’s Civil Rights in New Jersey
> “Venus and Mars in Separate Classrooms? A Report on the Rise of Single-Sex Education in Florida and Around the Country”
> Report: Custody and Control (WRP Report) (Audio

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> Major Supreme Court Decisions on Women’s Rights

> Women’s Rights Project Reports: 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003
> FAQs About Women’s Rights
> WRP History: Women’s Rights on the Agenda
> A Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
> Leaders Through the Years
> Contact the Women’s Rights Project

Girls packing pineapple into cans, Hawaii 1928
Hawaiian pineapple canneries often employed Japanese or Filipino immigrants who worked seasonally.

> Selene Kaye and Nicole Kief: Democratic Process Threatened in States Targeted by Anti-Affirmative Action Initiatives
> Lenora Lapidus: International Human Rights Bodies Condemn Violations of Native, Minority, and Immigrant Women’s Rights in the U.S.
> Lenora Lapidus and Emily Martin: Antiquated Gender Stereotypes Underlie Radical Experiments in Sex-Segregated Education
> Selene Kaye: Women’s Rights Victories on Eve of Women’s History Month
> Ariela Migdal: Court Allows Muslim Woman’s Headscarf Case to Proceed
> Lenora Lapidus: CERD Addresses Women’s Issues
> Mie Lewis: Behind Bars, But Not Alone

> Invite friends and supporters to a screening of Freedom Files: Women’s Rights, followed by a group discussion, facilitated by the Viewer’s Guide (pdf). If you are a student, encourage a campus women’s rights groups to host a screening.
> March 8th is International Women’s Day. Learn about and take part in organized events.
> Write a Letter to the Editor calling attention to Women’s History Month for your local paper. Pick a women’s rights issue you feel strongly about and explain why recognizing Women’s History Month and continuing the fight for women’s equality is important to you.
> Download and share ACLU materials and publications on women’s rights.