Several times on the campaign trail, presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has referred to a time early in her career when she was fired for being pregnant.
After graduating from the University of Houston, she taught children with disabilities, a job she says she loved. Warren has noted that the principal refused to hire her back for another year when it became apparent she was pregnant.
At a town hall in Carson City, NV, Warren told the audience:
“By the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days,” she said. “Wish me luck and hire someone else for the job.”
That description doesn’t square with a 2008 video of an interview with Warren where she describes the events differently.
In the video, Warren said:
“My first year post-graduation, I worked — it was in a public school system but I worked with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I actually 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?'”
It’s possible that the principal didn’t hire her back, but that Warren didn’t want to disparage the principal with the story in 2008. Or, it could be that painting herself as the victim of discrimination is a valuable tool in the current environment.