Lenora Lapidus was the director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. She litigated gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country, engaged in public policy advocacy, and spoke on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focused on economic justice, educational equity, ending gender-based violence, and women in the criminal justice system.
She and her colleagues won a unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court in AMP v. Myriad Genetics, striking down patents on the human BRCA genes, associated with breast and ovarian cancer. She also won a landmark victory from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jessica Gonzales v. U.S., resulting in the issuance of historic guidance from DOJ to law enforcement on gender-biased policing. In 2015, she urged the EEOC to investigate the low number of women hired by studios to be directors for film and television, leading to an in-depth investigation.
Lapidus has received several awards and fellowships, including the Trailblazer Award from Women and Hollywood, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from Women’s eNews, and the Wasserstein Fellowship for outstanding public interest lawyers from Harvard Law School. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Cornell University.
Mar 8, 2017
On International Women’s Day, Here’s How the ACLU Is Fighting for Women’s Rights in the Face of the Most Anti-Woman Agenda in History
Aug 30, 2016
The Women Behind the 19th Amendment Had a Grander Vision Than Just the Right to Vote
Apr 12, 2016
The Day We Hate More Than Tax Day
Jan 29, 2016
Some Things Change With Time … While the Gender Wage Gap Remains Relatively the Same
Mar 25, 2015
Supreme Court Delivers Fairness to Pregnant Workers in UPS Case
Dec 3, 2014
Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers
Oct 27, 2014
Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors
Sep 11, 2014
The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court
Aug 26, 2013
Celebrate Women's Equality Day – Support Equal Pay Today!
Jun 21, 2013
A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court