Elizabeth Warren says she’ll reject big fundraising events if nominated

Unearthed docs contradict Warren's claims that she got fired for being pregnant — but she doubles down anyway

Elizabeth Warren Adamant She Was Fired at 22 For Being Pregnant

In the last several months, Warren has been rehashing a story about how she was sacked by a principal, ending her first year of teaching, because she was "visibly pregnant", several times.

The Massachusetts senator now says she lost the job because she was pregnant.

Warren has previously said that her strategy for fundraising was just for her primary campaign for the Democratic nomination. Is it possible to reconcile the two accounts? And now some outlets have found a 2007 interview Warren gave in which she presents the story in a different light.

But documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that Warren indeed resigned from the job. There is no way to prove or disprove the story, though it would seem that a unanimous school board vote and surrounding reports lend credit to a contrary version of the events as Warren describes. In a statement to CBS News, she also said that as a candidate, she is opening up more about her life. So far, her haul is higher than that of every Democratic candidate who's reported so far except for Vermont Sen. In all likelihood, the news reports were based on information provided by the school board or the school district.

As Dana Goldstein notes in her 2014 book, The Teacher Wars, it was all too common at the time for teachers to be pushed out of their jobs due to pregnancy. A former teacher, who was working at Riverdale Elementary at the time Warren left her position, told CBS News there was a "rule" that women more than five months pregnant "had to leave" their jobs.

Her political allies and foes alike say Warren has appropriately sharp elbows and isn't afraid to throw them when the occasion calls for it.

In a campaign speech she repeats at town halls while crisscrossing the country, the MA senator tells of graduating from the University of Houston and being hired by the Riverdale Board of Education in Morris County as a speech pathologist during the 1970-71 school year.

That job is similar to the one she held the previous year, her first year of teaching. "And then that summer - I actually didn't have the education courses, so I was on an 'emergency certificate, ' it was called". 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?"

Rufus Gifford, who served as finance director for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012, on Wednesday criticized Warren's decision, saying it jeopardized Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020. 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".

Warren has used this story as a personal example, she claims, of how women have endured undue discrimination in the workplace and she is no stranger to what that feels like having experienced it firsthand. She said, "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".

"This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination - but we know it still happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways", she added. "The principal said they were going to hire someone else for my job", she said.

PolitiFact has been attempting to identify and contact the principal and will update this story if we do.

"When we hit the general, yeah, there's gonna be big money on both sides", Warren told CNN earlier this year.

Recent reports have cast doubts on the story, which the senator from MA has highlighted on the campaign trail as a key part of her background.

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