Warren stands by account of once being fired for pregnancy

James Marshall
October 9, 2019

Once they could no longer downplay or ignore Warren's dubious ancestry claims, they tried to spin her story as bad for Trump in 2018. The June 16, 1971 school board minutes published by the Washington Free Beacon also said in an entry immediately after the one about Warren's resignation that a contract had been approved to hire another teacher named Judy Linares for the same two-day-a-week job that Warren had as a "speech correctionist".

"A publication called the Washington Free Beacon reports-which I'm told is a conservative publication-went to New Jersey and they got the county records".

On Tuesday, she offered further affirmation, tweeting: "When I was 22 and finishing my first year of teaching, I had an experience millions of women will recognize".

Elizabeth Warren is standing by her account of being fired from a teaching job almost 50 years ago because she was pregnant - an anecdote that she routinely recounts at campaign events but one that some conservatives charge has been embellished to make the narrative more compelling for her presidential run. But Trudy Randall and Sharon Ercalano each said that a non-tenured, pregnant employee like Warren would have had little job security at Riverdale in 1971, seven years before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed.

"We are in the age of authenticity", said Pavlich, "and Elizabeth Warren has had a really hard time maintaining her authenticity through these stories she keeps telling about discrimination against herself".

The "showed me the door" anecdote came up often on the campaign trail until recently. Warren claims, "By the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days - wish me luck and hire someone else for the job". "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", Warren said in the 2007 interview at the University of California, Berkeley.

Appearing on "America's Newsroom" with host Sandra Smith, Pavlich predicted that Warren will increasingly face scrutiny for her "pattern" of autobiographical stories that just don't add up.

But some political adversaries seized on a newly surfaced video of Warren telling the story with a different emphasis - in 2007, before she was in elected office - along with freshly uncovered school board documents from the early 1970s to raise doubts about Warren's account. "After becoming a public figure I opened up more about different pieces in my life and this was one of them".

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". "Some women have been fired, some forced to resign, some made to take maternity leave at four or five months of pregnancy".

Warren's campaign declined to comment.

Multiple New Jersey news articles from around the time Warren was employed as a speech pathologist at Riverdale Elementary School said that forced maternity leave and pregnancy dismissals were common practices.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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