Elizabeth Warren Sticks to Story About Being Fired for Pregnancy

DES MOINES IOWA- SEPTEMBER 21 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry

Warren critics have seized on the issue, noting that it - like with the outcry Warren faced for taking a DNA test a year ago to try to prove her past claims of Native American heritage - shows she's willing to exaggerate her personal story and isn't the candidate she claims to be.

"A publication called the Washington Free Beacon reports-which I'm told is a conservative publication-went to New Jersey and they got the county records".

"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".

Elizabeth Warren is standing by her account of being fired from a teaching job almost 50 years ago because she was pregnant - an anecdote that she routinely recounts at campaign events but one that some conservatives charge has been embellished to make the narrative more compelling for her presidential run. We can fight back by telling our stories.

The "showed me the door" anecdote came up often on the campaign trail until recently. "I wrote about it in my book when I became a U.S. Senator", she said in a statement from her campaign. "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. "I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years, and I was really casting about, thinking, 'What am I going to do?' " She later made a decision to attend law school, she said. "Wish me luck and hire someone else for the job", Warren said at a campaign event last week. "The principal said they were going to hire someone else for my job", Warren told CBS News, referring to job as a speech pathologist with in Riverdale, N.J.

"Elizabeth Warren's team is saying that her contract was renewed when she was only four months pregnant and not showing that she was pregnant", Pavlich noted.


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. I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years, and I was really casting about, thinking, "What am I going to do?"

However, Warren said in a 2007 interview that she left the job after realizing that the education courses that she needed to take weren't working out for her. But by the end of the school year she was six months pregnant and could no longer hide that she was having a baby.

Warren hasn't always described this pivotal moment in her career in the same way, a point that has prompted some media outlets to question whether she was in fact fired. 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".

On the other hand, a school board vote does not mean that Warren didn't feel personally discriminated against, perhaps in some capacity, from one or more school officials who did practice some discrimination against untenured female teachers who became pregnant.

"Back in those days it was very common for people not to be rehired if they were pregnant", said Trudy Randall, who began teaching at the school in 1968.

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