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Warren Said She Was Once Fired For Being Pregnant. That’s Not What She Said Before.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts and 2020 presidential candidate, speaks during the Presidential Gun Safety Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.
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Presidential contender Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has highlighted the supposed hardships of women in the workplace by claiming she was fired from a teaching job after she became “visibly pregnant.” But the senator, who has been plagued by her own wildly overstated claims of Native American heritage, told a different story about how she lost her teaching job in the past. 

“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,” Warren said while on the campaign trail in May, as reported by Jeryl Bier on Wednesday. “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.”

Similarly, in April, the Democrat said at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention: “Teaching special needs kids is a calling. But I finished out the year visibly pregnant and didn’t get invited back. Those were the days.”

However, as highlighted by Bier, during an interview in 2007, Warren recalled leaving her teaching job because she did not have requisite qualifications  — a far cry from claiming to be have been canned by a male principal for being with child.  

“At UC Berkeley in 2007 as part of a series called ‘Conversations with History,’ Warren was asked about her pursuit of a career helping special needs children,” Bier reported. “Her answer at the time made no mention of losing her job due to her pregnancy. Instead, she spoke of trying to further her education because she lacked some education courses that had required her to rely on an ‘emergency certificate’ to teach that first year. While pursuing those courses, she said she realized, ‘I don’t think this is going to work out for me.’ She and her husband then decided she would stay at home for the time being.”

“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,” Warren said at the time. “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.”

According to Bier, “The earliest version of Warren’s story that includes the principal explicitly dismissing her appears to be in her autobiography ‘A Fighting Chance’ in 2014.”

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