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 amichel@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

Equal Pay Day is a Call to Action! Let’s Continue Working to Achieve Equal Pay for Women

(04/08/2014) April 8 is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day into 2014 a woman must work to earn as much as a man did in 2013 alone. On average women in the United States today still earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn and that is cause for concern. The wage gap needs to decrease and we are working hard to ensure that it will soon decrease for Virginia’s women. read more »

Will Manassas use its Zoning Law Update to Undermine Reproductive Freedom?

(04/02/2014) The Manassas City Council recently debated whether to update its decades-old zoning laws, including those that apply to medical facilities. read more »

Celebrating Five Amazing Women and Their Right to Love as We Close Women’s History Month

(03/27/2014) Virginia is for lovers, or so they say. Yet, for many Virginians this motto couldn’t be further from the truth. As Women’s History Month comes to an end, we honor five Virginia women who have stood up for their right to love the people they love – thus paving the way for a Virginia that is truly for ALL lovers. read more »

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Governor’s Action on Pregnant Prisoners

Richmond, VA -- The ACLU of Virginia joins a diverse coalition of faith-based organizations, women's rights advocates, and prison reform groups in applauding Governor McAuliffe's final approval of regulations limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women in local and regional jails. 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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