While there has been great progress in the struggle for gender equality, sex discrimination and violence against women continues in the Commonwealth. The ACLU of Virginia works to end sex discrimination and ensure women have equal participation in all aspects of society.  
 
Thanks to the foresight of a generous benefactor, Patricia M. Arnold, we combat gender bias in the Commonwealth through public education, advocacy and litigation, focusing particularly on equal educational and economic opportunities, violence against women, treatment of incarcerated women, and reproductive freedom. 
 
About Patricia Arnold
Black and white photo of Patricia M. Arnold in front of her plane. Courtesy of International Women Air and Space Museum.
In 2007, Patricia M. Arnold, a pioneer woman aviator and longtime supporter of the ACLU of Virginia, left the bulk of her estate to the ACLU Foundation of Virginia to establish the Patricia M. Arnold Memorial Fund. The purpose of the fund, according to Ms. Arnold’s will, is “to combat through all legal means, the pervasive and powerful sexual bias and sexual discrimination against women found to exist in the State of Virginia.”

 

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