Elizabeth Warren Adamant She Was Fired at 22 For Being Pregnant

Elizabeth Warren Adamant She Was Fired at 22 For Being Pregnant

I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn't have the education courses, so I was on an "emergency certificate", it was called. "I could tell you what those babies looked like. Minutes from a board meeting held two months later, on June 16, 1971, indicate that Warren's resignation was 'accepted with regret'".

Recent reports have cast doubts on the story, which the senator from MA has highlighted on the campaign trail as a key part of her background. In a 2007 interview at the University of California at Berkeley, she did not specifically say the New Jersey school where she worked hired a different teacher because of her pregnancy.

"I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, 'I don't think this is going to work out for me, '" she said in a YouTube video of the interview, which was part of the "Conversations with History" series run by the school's Institute of International Studies.

"All I know is I was 22 years old, I was 6 months pregnant, and the job that I had been promised for the next year was going to someone else".

The long and short of the story is that it might not mean all that much on the campaign trail for Warren.

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Two retired teachers from the same school district who did not remember Warren said, according to CBS News, that they "don't remember anyone being explicitly fired due to pregnancy during their time at the school". "The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then - wished me good luck, didn't ask me back the next school year, and hired someone else for the job". "The principal said they were going to hire someone else for my job", Warren told CBS News, referring to job as a speech pathologist with in Riverdale, N.J. Warren has repeatedly described the story as one where she was "shown the door" because she became pregnant after one year teaching at the school. But by the end of the school year she was six months pregnant and could no longer hide that she was having a baby.

"When in fact, she's using these things like the story of her alleged mistreatment or discrimination because she was pregnant - even though the documents show otherwise", she added, "to get ahead in the polls, to try and relate to women, to build policy platforms, to argue that women are maybe still discriminated against in the workplace because they are pregnant". Pregnant teachers did not enjoy protection from discrimination in New Jersey until the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, and the school board was all-male, CBS adds.

The "all I know" phrase is familiar from Warren's apology for claiming, falsely, that she was Native American: "All I know is, during this time period this is consistent with what I did because it was based on my understanding from my family's stories".

On the other hand, a school board vote does not mean that Warren didn't feel personally discriminated against, perhaps in some capacity, from one or more school officials who did practice some discrimination against untenured female teachers who became pregnant.

"The rule was at five months you had to leave when you were pregnant".

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