Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has portrayed herself as the victim of sexist discrimination, telling voters on the campaign trail she was fired from a teaching position in the early 1970s for being "visibly pregnant."
Instead of being fired from her speech pathologist job for being pregnant — a story Warren has used to bolster her claims of workplace gender discrimination — the documents show that Warren's teaching contract was renewed, but she resigned her position.
From the Free Beacon:
Minutes of an April 21, 1971, Riverdale Board of Education meeting obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that the board voted unanimously on a motion to extend Warren a "2nd year" contract for a two-days-per-week teaching job.
That job is similar to the one she held the previous year, her first year of teaching. Minutes from a board meeting held two months later, on June 16, 1971, indicate that Warren's resignation was "accepted with regret."
Indeed, while speaking at the University of California at Berkeley in 2007, Warren told students she did not continue her career in teaching because she lacked the proper educational credentials necessary for the job.
"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," Warren said at the time.
She continued, "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?'"
However, that story is drastically different from the one she now sells voters in which she claims that, "I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days. Wish me luck and hire someone else for the job."
It is not clear when Warren began to portray herself as a victim of workplace gender discrimination. As the Free Beacon noted, Warren's first book, published the year after she became a U.S. senator, includes her current claim that she was fired for being pregnant.
How did Warren respond?
She told CBS News in an interview Monday that she stands by her account, although she removed from her remarks the insinuation that she was fired for being pregnant.
"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. The principal said they were going to hire someone else for my job," she said. "When someone calls you in and says the job that you've been hired for for the next year is no longer yours. 'We're giving it to someone else,' I think that's being shown the door."
However, she also bizarrely admitted her contract was renewed — then again claimed she was shown the door for being pregnant.
"In April of that year, my contract was renewed to teach again for the next year," Warren said. "I was pregnant, but nobody knew it. And then a couple of months later when I was six months pregnant and it was pretty obvious, the principal called me in, wished me luck, and said he was going to hire someone else for the job."
In a surprising twist on Tuesday, Warren doubled down on her claim that she was a victim of "pregnancy discrimination."
This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination—but we know it still happens in subtle and n… https://t.co/o8ZeG7e0mM— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1570540113.0