Elizabeth Warren talks about losing teaching job over pregnancy

DES MOINES IOWA- SEPTEMBER 21 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry

DES MOINES IOWA- SEPTEMBER 21 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry

Things took a turn over the weekend after a conservative writer unearthed video footage from a 2007 interview in which Ms. Warren does not mention being pushed out of her job for her pregnancy and instead says it was because she lacked a certain education certificate.

Warren critics have seized on the issue, noting that it - like with the outcry Warren faced for taking a DNA test previous year to try to prove her past claims of Native American heritage - shows she's willing to exaggerate her personal story and isn't the candidate she claims to be.

There's just one issue, according to some reports.

"I was pregnant, but nobody knew it", Warren said.

Fresh out of the University of Houston, Warren was hired by the Riverdale Board of Education in New Jersey as a speech pathologist for the 1970-1971 school year. However, the minutes show the school board said it "accepted with regret" her resignation later that summer. "The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then - wished me good luck, didn't ask me back the next school year, and hired someone else for the job".

The "showed me the door" anecdote came up often on the campaign trail until recently. Elizabeth Warren is getting a sense of what it is like to be viewed as a top contender in the 2020 presidential race, with the stories she shares on the stump facing extra scrutiny that has renewed questions over whether the Massachusetts Democrat has an authenticity problem.

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"No special access or call time with rich donors or big dollar fundraisers to underwrite our campaign".

Warren has used almost identical retellings of the story dozens of times, including at rallies in Nevada and California last week, and wrote similarly of the experience in her 2014 memoir. My first year post-graduation, I worked - it was a public-school system but I worked with the children with disabilities. 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". We can fight back by telling our stories. "After becoming a public figure I opened up more about different pieces in my life and this was one of them".

The questions arose when reporters made a decision to dig into the story and verify some of the circumstances surrounding Warren's departure from the school. She added that being elected to the Senate in 2012 caused her to "open up" more about her past, revealing new details. A right-wing news site called the Washington Free Beacon released claims that Warren resigned on her own, showing minutes from a 1971 board meeting saying they wanted to extend Warren an offer for another year at the school, but that she resigned.

On Monday, The Washington Free Beacon located records from the local school board. In all likelihood, the news reports were based on information provided by the school board or the school district.

"We are in the age of authenticity", said Pavlich, "and Elizabeth Warren has had a really hard time maintaining her authenticity through these stories she keeps telling about discrimination against herself".

On Tuesday, Warren repeated her claim that she was pushed out, indicating that while the contract was extended in April when her pregnancy was not visible, that changed a few months later. "Now, if you didn't tell anybody you were pregnant, and they didn't know, you could fudge it and try to stay on a little bit longer", one teacher, Trudy Randall, said. However, they added that "a non-tenured, pregnant employee like Warren would have had little job security", reporters Zak Hudak and Bo Erickson noted.

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