Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on women's rights

CBS News asked noted figures in the arts, business and politics about their experience in today's civil rights movement, or about figures who inspired them in their activism.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore

Please share an experience in which you realized that the U.S. has/has not achieved equality in race, gender or sexual preference, and the impact on you.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Fifty years have passed since the Civil Rights Bill.

When you look at the recent decision of the Supreme Court, where they decided that a closely-held family company can in effect make the reproductive health decisions for their female employees, a male majority made that decision; the women on the Supreme Court dissented.

The decision of a woman's reproductive health should be between her and her doctor. Her employer's beliefs -- particularly religious beliefs -- should have no business on it.

The decision underscores the fact that, when it comes to women's rights, we have a long way to go in the civil rights movement.


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