Monday, 11 November, 2019

Warren fundraises off of pregnancy discrimination as her story draws scrutiny

Unearthed docs contradict Warren's claims that she got fired for being pregnant — but she doubles down anyway Elizabeth Warren Adamant She Was Fired at 22 For Being Pregnant
Deanna Wagner | 10 October, 2019, 22:55

"I wrote about it in my book when I became a US senator", she said in a statement from her campaign, according to CBS.

Warren told CBS News, "I will not be forced to make changes in how I raise money".

The current controversy centers on Warren's teaching job at a public school district in Riverdale, N.J., in the early 1970s.

Fresh out of the University of Houston, Warren was hired by the Riverdale Board of Education in New Jersey as a speech pathologist for the 1970-1971 school year.

In the last several months, Warren has been rehashing a story about how she was sacked by a principal, ending her first year of teaching, because she was "visibly pregnant", several times. As our grassroots movement continues to grow, we fully expect to see more of these far-right hit jobs. Laughable really, since media jobs also don't offer health insurance if they can help it.

Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign is using the candidate's own story of her dismissal from a public school teaching job because she was pregnant to juice donations as the story itself has drawn scrutiny.

After I became visibly pregnant, I was told that the job I'd been promised for next year would go to someone else.

Warren has run for the White House as a champion for both labor and women's issues, arguing for systemic change to boost workers. And I've asked other people to tell their stories as well.

"I'm not going to do the big-dollar fundraisers". She stated, "I was married at 19 and then graduated from college after I'd married". I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn't have the education courses, so I was on an "emergency certificate", it was called. "I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, 'I don't think this is going to work out for me.' I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years". MSNBC's Chris Hayes asked her that directly when she announced it ("Yes", Warren replied). She has also called teaching her "first love", adding that she might still be teaching today if it weren't for more "twists and turns". And now some outlets have found a 2007 interview Warren gave in which she presents the story in a different light. "I wrote about it in my book when I became a U.S. Senator", she said in a statement from her campaign.

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Warren has previously said that her strategy for fundraising was just for her primary campaign for the Democratic nomination.

The Massachusetts senator has ridden a steady rise in the polls to emerge as among the leading 2020 contenders as the first election-year contest in February nears.

In at least one interview in 2007, Warren discussed leaving teaching without saying she was forced out because she was pregnant.

The conservative Washington Free Beacon this week obtained copies of minutes of an April 1971 Riverdale school board meeting showing that she had been given a second-year part-time teaching job.

Two months later, the minutes show Warren's resignation was "accepted with regret," according to the Free Beacon report. Since she began her campaign for the presidency, she has repeatedly said that she was "shown the door" after just a year as a result of her pregnancy. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass) claim that she faced pregnancy discrimination.

In the last three months, Warren's campaign said it raised $24.6 million from small donors. "If you could hide your pregnancy through 6 months, you might be able to keep your job longer. 'We're giving it to someone else, ' I think that's being shown the door".

Women are speaking out about how they were fired, passed over for promotions, or had offers rescinded allegedly due to pregnancy.

Those descriptions, Ziegler said, were commonplace. "I'm just not going to do it".