Today in 1976: the Supreme Court rules that federal civil-rights law does not require company disability plans to provide pregnancy or childbirth benefits. The class-action suit united seven women employees of General Electric who argued that the company’s disability plan discriminated on the basis of sex.
Courts across the country have ruled in favor of women in similar cases, but today’s Supreme Court ruling says GE’s disability plan doesn’t treat men and women differently –it simply distinguishes between pregnant and non-pregnant persons. Angry feminists, civil-rights groups, unions and church groups will push Congress to act against the decision In 1978. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act will clearly spell out this type of illegal bias.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is the Absolutely Art December Artists Reception, featuring artisits Jessie Fristch, Leo Nello Rotelli, and Rosy Hawbaker. There will be live music by Jackie Bradley, Melissa Simonson and Joe Harris as well as food from Bunky’s Café. This is from 5 to 9 pm at Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Avenue. For more info, call Meghan at 608-249-9100 or visit absolutelyartllc.com.
Tonight is a talk with Jim Hightower – How to Save Rural America and the Rest of U.S.! Hightower, the former Texas Agricultural Commissioner and populist radio talk show commentator ,will address the current crisis facing family farmers and how the grassroots solutions could save all of America. Hosted by the Madison Infoshop, Family Farm Defenders, and others with generous support from the Associated Students of Madison. This is tonight at 7pm at UW-Madison, Room 180 Science Hall, 1610 University Avenue. Call 262-9036 for more info.
Saturday, there will be a “This Holiday, Save the Stories” workshop, where Sarah White will teach practical tips to nurture your family ties through stories. Refreshments and instructional materials provided. There is a suggested donation, with proceeds to benefit the Goodman Community Center. No advance registration needed. This is tomorrow from 10-11:15 am in Room Bolz A at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street. More info at 608-241-1574.
Tomorrow is Heat Aid Concert #2 – a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for the Keep Wisconsin Warm – Cool Fund, a non-profit that helps Wisconsin residents keep their heat and power on in times of crisis. MadCity Music and Arts Extract, a weekly podcast covering the arts in Madison, are sponsoring Heat Aid. This week’s concert features DB Pedersen and Brothers Grimm, and Spires That In The Sunset Rise. There is no cover charge, but a small suggested donation is requested. Donations are tax-deductible. This is tomorrow at 2pm at MadCity Music, 600 Williamson Street. More info at 608-251-8558.