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ERA's 40th Anniversary

Forty years. Hundreds of cases. Some highlights…

2014 EQUITABLE WORKPLACES

Janet Aviles joins other female shipyard workers to challenge a sexist “boys club” culture at a major defense contractor to end harassment and their exclusion from higher paying jobs.

2011 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL ACCESS

Arezou Mansourian and other women wrestlers score for women athletes across country with landmark Title IX victories at trial and court of appeal challenging the discriminatory exclusion of women from sports programs.

2001 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Betty Dukes and other women retail workers spark pay and promotion policy changes benefitting hundreds of thousands of women in case against Wal-Mart Stores.

1999 FAIRNESS FOR FAMILIES

Lana Pallas leads class suit challenging pregnancy discrimination in telecommunication industry that leads to $25 million dollar class settlement benefiting 10,000 women.

1991 PROTECTION OF IMMIGRANT WORKERS

Restaurant worker Alicia Castrejon’s courageous pregnancy discrimination battle leads to landmark decision ensuring federal civil rights protections for immigrant workers.

1987 BREAKING BARRIERS

Jerilyn North joins other plaintiffs to turn back decades of discrimination in the SF Fire Department with consent decree vastly increasing the number of women and persons of color.

1975 A FAIR SHOT

Amy Love, a 10-year-old soccer star, and ERA end the exclusion of girls from champion soccer matches in a case that galvanizes the girls in sports movement.

1974 POLICY VISION

Carolyn Geduldig and ERA head to the US Supreme Court to challenge pregnancy discrimination on constitutional grounds. We lost this battle but won the war with passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act four years later.