ACLU Vision for Achieving Gender Justice
The ACLU is committed to achieving gender justice. We use litigation, legislation, advocacy, communications, and activism to change law and policy, to support movements, and to shift culture – all to elevate the rights, voices, and dignity of those who have been excluded because of gender-based oppression.
This statement lays out twelve goals we recognize as essential to achieving gender justice. Each speaks to ending one of the many pervasive forms of gender discrimination in our society. We recognize our lived experiences of gender discrimination differ, because many of us also experience racism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and/or other forms of oppression.
Each goal is meant to address gender inequity in all its intersecting forms of discrimination. Gender justice is not possible if racism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and other forms of injustice remain.
No one is equal until we are all equal.
1. Ensure a vision of gender justice that recognizes our intersecting identities and demands an end to the many forms of oppression we experience.
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3. Dismantle the sexism and racism that pervade our criminal justice system, in which women of color are currently the fastest growing segment of the prison population.
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4. Support decisions to have a child, not to have a child, and to raise a child - decisions too often denied poor people, people of color, same-sex couples, and people with disabilities, among others.
5. Ensure equity in health care, including ending the unconscionable maternal morbidity and mortality rates for Black women in the United States.
7. Guarantee pregnancy and caregiving are treated as normal conditions of employment, not cause for discrimination.
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