In an exclusive interview with CBS News that aired Monday evening, Warren said, “All I know is I was 22 years old, I was six 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.”
On Saturday, a video that had been posted to YouTube in 2008 was unearthed that showed Warren, in her own words, explaining her decision to leave teaching on her own. When asked about this discrepancy, Warren explained, “After becoming a public figure I opened up more about different pieces in my life and this was one of them.” That explanation, however, doesn’t explain why documents from the local Board of Education where she taught showed that her contract had actually been renewed, but that she resigned two months later. “The resignation of Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, speech correctionist effective June 30, 1971 was accepted with regret,” the June 16, 1971, minutes read.
Warren claims that this is not a contradiction at all, and concedes she was officially offered the position for the following year. “In April of that year, my contract was renewed to teach again for the next year,” she admitted, but claims up until then she was hiding her pregnancy. Once she could no longer hide it, she said she was “shown the door.”
According to CBS News, “Two retired teachers who worked at Riverdale Elementary for over 30 years, including the year Warren was there, told CBS News that they don’t remember anyone being explicitly fired due to pregnancy during their time at the school.” Warren constructed the narrative that losing her teaching job was instrumental in her pursuing a law career, and that had she not been “fired” she probably would still be teaching today.
It’s clear that Elizabeth Warren has no intention of backing down from this fiction at this time, but something tells me she’s not out of the woods with this one yet.