Women’s Rights

Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project

The Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project combats gender bias in Virginia by protecting and advancing the equal rights of women through public education, advocacy, and litigation. Key areas of concern include equal educational and economic opportunities for women, reproductive rights, violence against women, and the treatment of incarcerated women.

Contact the Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project

If you need assistance with a legal matter, would like a speaker on women’s rights for an event or meeting, or want to know more about women’s rights in Virginia, please send an email to gdeady@acluva.org, write to Women’s Rights Project, ACLU of Virginia, 701 E. Franklin St, Ste. 1412, Richmond, VA 23219, or call 804-644-8022 and leave your name, telephone number, and a request to speak with someone about a women’s rights issue.

About Patricia Arnold

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 of Virginia Foundation 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.”

The ACLU of Virginia has since established The Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project, paid in large part by The Patricia M. Arnold Memorial Fund, to promote equal rights for women in Virginia.

Know Your Rights Materials

Know Your Rights: The Use of Shackles or Restraints on Pregnant Inmates
June 2011

Your Right to Pregnancy-Related Health Care in Prison or Jail
June 2011

News & Commentary

One Big Step Forward for Women in Virginia!

BLOG: Just a few days ago, Sept. 15, marked the four-year anniversary of when the Virginia Board of Health approved the most onerous, medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP) in the nation. On Thursday, Sept. 17, we celebrated one big step forward in the effort to rescind those restrictions. read more »

Virginia Doctors Applaud Board of Health’s Vote to Amend Politically Motivated Abortion Restrictions

PRESS RELEASE: The Virginia Board of Health voted today to approve amendments to medically-inappropriate and politically motivated restrictions currently regulating the Commonwealth’s women’s health centers that provide abortion. read more »

ACLU of Virginia Statement Regarding Most Recent Attacks on Women’s Health

PRESS RELEASE: Tens of thousands of Virginia women rely on women’s health centers, including those operated by Planned Parenthood, for high quality, affordable health care services, including contraception, cancer screenings, treatment of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and HIV testing, and access to quality abortion services during the first trimester of pregnancy. read more »

Introducing Lachelle Roddy, The Secular Society Women’s Rights Research Assistant

BLOG: I am honored to join the ACLU of Virginia as The Secular Society Women's Rights Research Assistant focused on women’s rights. Working on women’s issues for a nonprofit has been a goal of mine since I was a tiny six year old. read more »

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In the Courts

Liberty University v. Lew (amicus)

Defense of Health Care Law Against Religious Objections read more »

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