Women's Rights

The ACLU of Maryland wants to secure gender equality and ensure that all women and girls are able to lead lives of dignity, free from violence and discrimination. This means working towards a state where all women and girls have equal access to quality education, employment, housing, and health. We also seek to improve conditions, services, and access to community-based treatment, and to reduce gender bias in decision-making for girls caught up in the criminal justice system.

Recent Activity

June 14: Rally for immigrants rights in Frederick

News article, June 14, 2017

Voices unite against anti-immigrant 287(g) program

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Advocates Slam Maryland Senate Leadership for Failing Immigrant and Muslim Families

News article, April 11, 2017

Stand Ready to Protect Immigrants Against ICE

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Statement Regarding DOJ motion to delay consent decree hearing

News article, April 3, 2017

Why is everyone in Baltimore ready to move forward with police reform except Donald Trump's DOJ?

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Groups File New Challenge to Trump Muslim Ban

News article, February 7, 2017

ACLU of Maryland proud to join the effort to defend the rights of immigrants and Muslims

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Department of Justice findings regarding the Baltimore City Police Department

News article, August 10, 2016

Total lack of supervision and accountability has allowed abuses to flourish unchecked

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REPORT: Excessive, Wrongheaded Mandatory Detention of Immigrants in Maryland

News article, August 4, 2016

Most Could Be Safely Released on Bond While Their Cases Progress

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Statement on Police-Involved Shooting of Korryn Gaines

News article, August 2, 2016

It should be the goal of police that all involved in encounters survive

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Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of housing discrimination

News article, March 15, 2016

A turning of the page from a long history of segregation and exclusion

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnant Workers

News article, March 25, 2015

ACLU of Maryland played lead role in helping to pass state protections for pregnant workers

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DoD Fails to Disclose Info About Gender Disparities in Admissions at Military Service Academies

News article, February 3, 2015

The lawsuit aims to capture information about the admissions and recruitment policies at military service academies

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Pregnancy Discrimination Case to be argued before U.S. Supreme Court

News article, December 3, 2014

No woman should have to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy

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ACLU Stands Up for Pregnant Workers’ Rights at the Supreme Court

News article, September 11, 2014

Maryland Passed Law Protecting Pregnant Women Against Workplace Discrimination in 2013

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Supreme Court Allows Private Companies to Discriminate Against Employees by Denying Contraception Coverage

News article, June 30, 2014

Employers Allowed to Use Religious Beliefs to Refuse to Comply With Law Requiring Contraception Coverage

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Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana, Limit Location Tracking and License Plate Readers, and Restrict Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

News article, April 14, 2014

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

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Bill to Curb the Shackling of Pregnant Inmates Passes

News article, April 4, 2014

ACLU joins allies in heralding this bill to protect women from barbaric, dangerous, and dehumanizing treatment.

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

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Senate OKs Bill Ensuring Pregnant Employees are Protected

News article, March 26, 2013

Legislation has already passed the House

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Protecting Pregnant Women in the Workplace

News article, February 26, 2013

ACLU Supports Bill Ensuring Pregnant Workers are Not Discriminated Against

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ACLU To Testify for Bill to End Shackling of Pregnant Women

News article, February 26, 2013

Practice is unhumane and dangerous

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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City shelter denying women overflow beds

News article, November 29, 2011

ACLU, Advocates for the Homeless Testify to Baltimore City Council About Lack of Beds for Women

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Lawyers for Homeless Persons, ACLU Decry Discriminatory Denial of Shelter Beds to Homeless Women

News article, October 25, 2011

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Homeless women denied overflow shelter beds

Legal case, October 24, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland and the Homeless Persons Representation Project ask Baltimore City Mayor to intervene as homeless women are denied overflow shelter space only being offered to men.

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ACLU of Maryland Lauds Passage of Bill Advancing Parity for Girls in Juvenile Justice System

News article, April 11, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland Highlights Gender Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System at Hearing Today in Annapolis

News article, February 17, 2011

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