The ACLU of Iowa works to secure women's rights and to challenge institutions and systems that perpetuate gender discrimination and inequality.
Gender bias continues to create huge barriers for many women today. In employment, laws and workplace policies still effectively exclude women from certain job sectors and force them out of the workplace, especially when they become pregnant or after they have a baby. This unfairly creates persistent disparities in women’s income, wealth, and economic security.
Violence against women is also a gender issue. Survivors of gender-based violence face discrimination when police, schools, landlords, and other institutions don’t address and prevent violence. They are victimized a second time when laws and policies penalize them, preventing women and girls from living safely and with dignity.
Classroom teaching, sports, extracurricular activities, and dress codes in public schools are often based on stereotypes. That limits equal educational opportunities for all.