Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is facing questions after several reports counter her claim that she lost a teaching job because she was “visibly pregnant.”
In a May interview, Warren explained her lengthy career in education that took her from being a special education school teacher to eventually serving as a professor at Harvard Law — all before becoming a senator and 2020 presidential candidate.
Warren claimed that she loved her early days of teaching and would have continued if she were able to keep her job — a job she claims was revoked because she was “visibly pregnant.”
“I loved it, and I would probably still be doing it today but back in the day, before unions, the principal, by the time we got to the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant,” she said in an interview with the Independent. “And the principal did what principals did in those days: they wished you luck, showed you the door, and hired someone else for the job. And there went my dream.”
She then doubled down on this claim in a tweet posted on Tuesday morning.
This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination—but we know it still happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. We can fight back by telling our stories. I tell mine on the campaign trail, and I hope to hear yours.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 8, 2019
Several reports, however, counter this claim.
They highlighted that Warren participated in a series of interviews in 2007 done at the University of California at Berkley where the senator noted that she didn’t return to her special education job because she wasn’t properly certified.
Warren had been working on an “emergency certificate” because she had not yet completed the full coursework to be a teacher when she was hired. She claimed she didn’t return to the job because she did not want to hassle with the paperwork.
“I was married at nineteen and graduated from college after I’d married, and my first year post-graduation I worked in a public school system with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an ’emergency certificate,’ it was called. 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, and I was really casting about, thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’ My husband’s view of it was, ‘Stay home. We have children, we’ll have more children, you’ll love this.’ And I was very restless about it.'”
Beyond the reports dug up by Bier and Day, The Washington Free Beacon uncovered records from the county school board where Warren taught that outlined that she actually was offered a continued contract for a second year, but ended up resigning instead of taking the position.
Warren has yet to address these recent reports to clarify if she stands by her claim that she was fired due to her pregnancy.
Editors note: This story was updated to include Warren’s tweets from Tuesday morning.