February 24, 1999 |
The Supreme Court narrowed the reach of federal civil rights laws in college sports Tuesday, ruling that the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. cannot be sued for sex bias by a female athlete just because it receives support from colleges and universities. On a 9-0 vote, the justices said the civil rights laws apply to schools that receive federal funds, not regulatory bodies that are supported by these schools.
December 12, 1995 |
Seeking to broaden opposition to a proposed state constitutional amendment that would strike down affirmative action programs, a coalition of women's and minority groups is warning that the measure could be used to support widespread discrimination against women and girls.
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July 10, 1992 |
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected a former high school student's claim that she was a victim of sex discrimination when school officials dropped her from the cheerleading squad for failing a chemistry class. Melissa Fontes, 18, of Corona del Mar contended in her lawsuit that the "no F" policy at Woodbridge High School in Irvine unfairly discriminated against girls because it set higher academic standards for cheerleaders than for male athletes.
June 17, 1991 |
For Kumi Sato and many other women in Japan, 1987 was supposed to mark the beginning of a period of expanded opportunity for females in the work force. After all, Japan's legislature had just passed a law prohibiting sex discrimination in employment, and much of the Japanese media had begun to suggest that the late 1980s and the 1990s would be the Onna-no Jidai, or "Era of Women." Sato's life certainly changed.
March 9, 1990 |
Albert Einstein sometimes helped his first wife do the household chores: "He felt sorry that after her housework was done, she had to do his mathematical problems till way past midnight," says Senta Troemel-Ploetz, a linguist and historian. But was Mileva Maric merely Einstein's housekeeper and algebraic assistant, or was she a physicist in her own right, who would have been recognized as a co-author in her husband's work were it not for the pervasive sexual discrimination of the time?
August 19, 2001 |
Peggy Biro didn't plan to be a truck driver. But in 1996, laid off from her grocery-store management position and going through a bitter divorce, she began to consider it. "They said you can be away in the truck 30 days at a time; I said that sounds like a good runaway job to me," said Biro, who lives in the Northern California town of Anderson. Five years later, she has remarried and settled down with Pomona-based KKW Trucking.
September 10, 1987 |
Gale Agnew squinted at a group of her students. The girls had seated themselves on one side of a table where they were following directions, looking for writing paper. On the other side, the boys were poking each other with pencils, climbing on chairs and singing. But Agnew, an Azusa teacher trained in anti-sexist teaching techniques, did not allow herself to label the offenders by sex.
May 2, 1993 |
LAST SPRING, AN AUDIENCE COMposed mostly of earnest-looking young female students gathered in a small auditorium to hear a panel discussion entitled "Women Scientists at Work: Opportunities, Obstacles and Challenges." Among the speakers were a bookish-looking research physicist, a computer-engineering researcher and a pregnant professor of civil engineering whose faded blue maternity smock couldn't conceal her third trimester fullness.
August 1, 1994 |
In the 1986 TV movie "Firefighter," the first woman to join the Los Angeles County Fire Department blazes a gender-bending trail meant to light a fire under prospective female recruits. Even though in real life the subject of the film faced hazing that included a sanitary napkin dispenser being thrown at her feet (to which she responded, "That's not my brand," before stalking out), Cindy Barbee hoped her 1983 breakthrough would encourage other women to storm the firehouses.
March 5, 1999 |
Dennis LaDucer, the former assistant Orange County sheriff accused of sexual harassment by several women, has been named in a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination.