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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE New ACLU Handbook on Rights of Women; Updated Guide Covers Discrimination and Reproductive Rights For IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 1993 From discrimination in employment and schooling to reproductive freedom, from criminal justice issues to family law, a new American Civil Liberties Union handbook provides a careful and concise survey of the rights of women under current laws around the country. The new handbook, The Rights of Women: The Basic ACLU Guide to Womens's Rights, is a completely revised and up-to-date version of one of the ACLU's most popular rights handbooks. Published by Southern Illinois University Press, the Third Edition was written by four leaders of the women's movement: Susan Deller Ross, Isabelle Katz Pinzler, Deborah A. Ellis, and Kary L. Moss. "The ACLU has been responsible for more legal victories for women's rights than any other organization in the country," said Isabelle Katz Pinzler, Director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project. "This educational handbook is a crucial part of our program to educate women about their rights." Written in an easy to comprehend question-and-answer format, the handbook includes critical and basic information ranging from divorce and custody law to sexual harassment in education and the workplace, from sexual assault laws to fetal protection policies and prosecutions of drug-dependent mothers. Norman Dorsen, the editor of the handbook series and a former President of the ACLU, said he hopes the book will encourage women to exercise their rights. "Through their exercise, rights are given life," Dorsen said. "If they are rarely used, they may be forgotten and violations may become routine." In addition to clearly establishing the federal and state constitutional and statutory provisions upon which legal claims for gender equality are founded, the new handbook includes chapters on: > Employment Discrimination > Parenting and Work > Family Law > Reproductive Freedom > Liberty Rights During Pregnancy > The Criminal Justice System > Education > Insurance > Public Accomodations and Private Clubs > The Military > Homelessness > The Legal System The four authors of the new handbook -- each respected litigators with long experience in fighting for women's rights -- recognize both the strides toward equality already made, and the problems that persist: "The law today is a powerful tool for helping women -- not the source of women's oppression it once was. And that is an important measure of the progress women have achieved in their slow march toward equal rights." "Continuing challenges from the legal system to women's equal status," the authors conclude, "demonstrate how important it remains for women to work together to change society, including its laws." The new handbook costs $7.95, plus $1.50 postage and handling. Checks can be made payable to the American Civil Liberties Union and sent to: ACLU Department L PO Box 794 Medford, NY 11763 ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher:// | American Civil Liberties Union National Office | | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"


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