Veteran Feminists of America Celebrations


 

VFA TO SALUTE FEMINIST LAWYERS 1963- 1975

06.09.08

Joan Michel: Joan@lawyers.vetfems.org

A Spectacular Day!

From the handful who guided the government and helped change antiquated laws.

To the thousands who continued that work and challenged the profession.

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG, JUDGE EMILY JANE GOODMAN, JACQUI CEBALLOS, SYLVIA ROBERTS,
PHYLLIS SEGAL.. PHOTO BY BETTYE LANE

VFA's June 9 Salute to Feminist Lawyers was as historic a day as it was moving and fun. It represented another coming-of-age of our organization, as a stellar set of feminist legal icons active from 1963-1975, headed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were our honorees.

The Salute honored the women who launched the first feminist law firm in NYC; the women who brought the essential cases to guarantee employment rights, access to men-only bars and clubs; the woman who won the right for teachers to continue to work while pregnant; the woman who led the case stewardesses brought against their airline employers to allow them to stay on the job after age 35. Before she was a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg founded the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, and the feminist lawyers she worked with and some of the interns she mentored were on hand to share their stories.

Panel conveners included Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, author Women in Law and Karen DeCrow, author of Sexist Justice, each book a first in its field. Looking to the future, Judge Emily Goodman moderated a panel of younger women attorneys.

Our honorees, including Justice Ginsburg, were on hand to accept a VFA medal and to tell their history-making stories to our video recorder. Some participated on the three panels.

Honored
Barbara Babock, Janet Benshoof, Carin Ann Clauss, Roxanne Conlin, Rhonda Copelon, Judge Nancy Davis, Karen DeCrow, Mary Eastwood, Nancy Erickson, Brenda Feigen, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Emily Jane Goodman, Janice Goodman, Marcia Devins Greenberger, Herma Hill Kay, Jean Ledwith King, Sylvia Law, Judith Lichtman, Judith A. Lonnquist, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, Kathleen Peratis, Jane Picker, Isabelle Katz Pinzler, Harriet Rabb, Louise Raggio, Sylvia Roberts, Susan Deller Ross, Lynn Hecht Schafran, Phyllis Nichamoff Segal, Faith A. Seidenberg, Nancy Stanley,
Nancy Stearns, Nadine Taub, Sarah R. Weddington, Wendy Williams

Honored In Memoriam
Bella Abzug (1920-1998); Caruthers Gholson Berger (1917-1984);
Shirley Bysiewicz (1930-1990); Mary Cynthia Dunlap (1948-2003); Sylvia Ellison (1911-1976);
Thomas I. Emerson (1907-1991); Phineas Indritz (1916-1997); Leo Kanowitz (1926-2007);
Florynce (Flo) Kennedy (1916-2000); Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray (1910-1985);
Marguerite Rawalt (1895-1989)

For further information about this event,
please contact Joan Michel.at
Joan@lawyers.vetfems.org

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For further information about this event, please contact Joan Michel.at Joan@lawyers.vetfems.org .

Other info at website www.lawyers.vetfems.org


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