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.
Jun 10, 2013
Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act!
May 14, 2013
Mother's Day is Over - But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn't.
Apr 25, 2013
How Far Has The Women's Movement Moved In The Last 40 Years?
Apr 25, 2013
Are Genes Patentable? An Insider's Review of the ACLU's Supreme Court Argument on Gene Patenting
Apr 18, 2013
States Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination
Mar 8, 2013
Bring Women's Human Rights Home
Jun 22, 2012
Title IX: Means More than Sports For My Daughter and All of Our Children
Jun 20, 2011
SCOTUS to Wal-Mart Women: You're on Your Own
Jun 8, 2011
The War on Drugs = A War on Women and Families
Jun 7, 2011
Louisiana School Board Suspends Sex-Segregation Program