Was Elizabeth Warren "Shown The Door" From Her Teaching Position in 1971?

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Was Elizabeth Warren "Shown The Door" From Her Teaching Position in 1971?

Republicans also compared the issue to Warren's past claim that she was Native American, which resulted in her apology a year ago to tribes, which themselves determine their membership. The June 16, 1971 school board minutes published by the Washington Free Beacon also said in an entry immediately after the one about Warren's resignation that a contract had been approved to hire another teacher named Judy Linares for the same two-day-a-week job that Warren had as a "speech correctionist".

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.

The Democratic Presidential candidate and Senator from MA doubled down Tuesday morning. adamantly saying she was shown the door at 22 from a teaching job in New Jersey just because she was visibly pregnant.

She continued: "This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination - but we know it still happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways".

In a campaign speech she repeats at town halls while crisscrossing the country, the MA senator tells of graduating from the University of Houston and being hired by the Riverdale Board of Education in New Jersey as a speech pathologist during the 1970-71 school year.

The "showed me the door" anecdote came up often on the campaign trail until recently. "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.' I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years".

In a statement to CBS, the senator also explained the differences between how she described her departure from teaching in 2007 and the story she told when she became a more public figure. "But family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship and this why I have apologized", she said in February 2019.

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. Warren would have been about four months pregnant then.

In a CBS News interview, Warren said she was sacked from the job. In a 2007 interview at the University of California at Berkeley, she did not specifically say the New Jersey school where she worked hired a different teacher because of her pregnancy. "I was pregnant, but nobody knew it".

Warren does not mention the certification issue while campaigning, focusing on being shown the door when school officials realized she was pregnant.

Warren's campaign declined to comment. But by the end of the school year she was six months pregnant and could no longer hide that she was having a baby.

However, that story is drastically different from the one she now sells voters in which she claims that, "I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days".

Other teachers from Riverdale backed up Warren's account that pregnant teachers were regularly asked to leave.