Newly Released Memos Confirm Roberts' Hostility to Women’s Rights
Papers released on Thursday by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library show that John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, was hostile to measures designed to protect and expand women's rights. For example, Roberts called state measures to reduce sex discrimination in the workplace “highly objectionable,” including a proposal to require women to be paid the same as men for state jobs considered of comparable worth, according to the Washington Post. The “comparable worth” strategy itself Roberts called “staggeringly pernicious” and “anti-capitalist,” the Post reports. Other memos show Roberts taking aim at the gender gap, saying that the Equal Rights Amendment was simply an attempt to “bridge the purported ‘gender gap’,” according to Slate.com.
In another memo, noting that a staff member in the White House public liaison office had “encouraged many former homemakers to enter law school and become lawyers,” Roberts wrote, “Some might question whether encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good, but I suppose that is for the judges to decide,” reports the Post. This disparaging comment was dismissed as a “lawyer joke” by White House spokesperson Steve Schmidt, according to the Post.
Other memos have demonstrated Roberts’ opposition to affirmative action, Title IX, and what Roberts calls the “so-called” right to privacy.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .