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On 26th September in....
1978
Judge Constance Baker Motley of the NY District Court ruled that female sportswriters could not be excluded from New York City sports locker rooms.
2011
Australia began to permit women into frontline combat roles for the very first time after a policy shift which saw all military positions being filled based on merit rather than gender.
2017
Saudi Arabia withdrew its ban on women driving.
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25th September 2020
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first female in United States history to lie in state in the US Capitol, after her casket was placed in the National Statuary Hall.
23rd September 2020
The Law Commission for England and Wales made a public statement acknowledging that misogyny should be treated as a hate crime in England and Wales and recommended changes to the law. If gender or female sex were to be added to the list of 'protected characteristics' then those who committed criminal offences against a person due to their gender or female sex could face heftier sentences.
23rd September 2020
Cindy Erazo was released from prison in El Salvador after serving six years of what was originally a thirty year prison sentence, which was later reduced to ten years. Following a stillbirth, Cindy was accused of terminating her own pregnancy, after which she was charged with aggravated homicide resulting in a trial at which she was found guilty. El Salvador criminalised all forms of abortion in 1998 and has tried and convicted dozens of women who have suffered pregnancy loss and complications during pregnancy, on the basis that such medical complications and emergencies were the fault of the mother. At the time of Cindy's release at least 18 women were incarcerated in El Salvador under the 1998 legislation.
15th September 2020
Julie Delve, 62, and Karen Glynn, 63, lost their Court of Appeal challenge in a case brought against the UK Government regarding changes to the state pension age in the United Kingdom. At the time that Julie and Karen started work the age at which they would have been entitled to claim a pension from the State was 60, but due to legislation passed by the UK Government this age was slowly being raised until the age at which both men and women were able to claim their pension (in this age group) was 66 years old. The case centred around whether this increase in age for women amounted to sex discrimination and / or whether the Government failed to provide adequate notice of the change. The Court expressed their sympathy for women in this position, but considered that the way in which the increase in age had been made was fair (although unpleasant) and was not discriminatory and that sufficient notice of the change had been provided and, therefore, the case failed.
15th September 2020
Nahau Rooney, one of three women elected to Papua New Guinea's first post-independence parliament in 1977 died, aged 75. In 1979, in her role as Minister of Justice, Rooney was sentenced to eight months in prison for interfering with the administration of justice, after the Supreme Court and the Ministry engaged in a power struggle in relation to deportation cases, more specifically which branch was ultimately responsible for such decisions. The Prime Minister of the time, Sir Michael Somare, took over the role of Justice Minister and made it one of his first acts in the office to overturn Rooney's sentence. This resulted in the mass resignation of Papua New Guinea's foreign judges, who were then replaced with the country's first national judges. After her resignation from politics Rooney served as president of the National Council of Women and as part of the council of the country's national university. Rooney will be remembered as a fierce defender of constitutional equality, the environment and rural development and an inspirational figure to and leading advocate of women in the country.