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Warren Defends Claim She Lost 1971 Teaching Job Due to Pregnancy

Warren Defends Claim She Lost 1971 Teaching Job Due to Pregnancy”

That account appears to be supported by county school board minutes published Monday by the Washington Free Beacon, which report that Warren's part-time teaching job as a substitute teacher had been unanimously extended for a second year, and that her decision later to resign from the post had been accepted by the board "with regret".

But the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, reported Monday that it had obtained school board records that contradict Warren's story.

In the last several months, Warren has been rehashing a story about how she was sacked by a principal, ending her first year of teaching, because she was "visibly pregnant", several times.

Warren said she would have stayed in her job as a public school teacher "forever" had the principal of Riverdale Elementary School in Riverdale, N.J., not shown her the door after she became "visibly pregnant". "This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination-but we know it still happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways".

The "showed me the door" anecdote came up often on the campaign trail until recently. She said, "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". "By June I was visibly pregnant - and the principal told me the job I'd already been promised for the next year would go to someone else", the Democrat from MA, among the leaders in the presidential contest, said via Twitter. She had said, that after a year of teaching children with disabilities, she'd gotten an "emergency certificate" because she lacked education courses.

There are several stories out questioning an oft-repeated part of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign stump speech.

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.

Two retired teachers who worked at Riverdale Elementary for over 30 years, including the year Warren was there, told CBS News that they don't remember anyone being explicitly fired due to pregnancy during their time at the school. The next month, a story about the school board hiring a replacement said Warren had "resigned for personal reasons", even though the board had voted to "appoint" Warren to the same speech pathology job that April, according to an earlier report. To paint herself as a victim of sexism under the "patriarchy", Warren has repeatedly relayed a story of being fired from her first teaching job after it became apparent that she was pregnant.

"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, ' " Warren said in the interview with an official at the University of California at Berkeley.

She told CBS that the different phrasing was a result of her deciding to "open up" more about events from her past since becoming a public figure when she was elected to the US Senate in 2012. "Some women have been fired, some forced to resign, some made to take maternity leave at four or five months of pregnancy". However, they added that "a non-tenured, pregnant employee like Warren would have had little job security", reporters Zak Hudak and Bo Erickson noted.



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