1971 December 4

ACLU Creates Pioneering Women’s Rights Project –With Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Director


The Board of Directors of the ACLU on this day voted to create a Women’s Rights Project. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was upreme Court. The most important cases included Reed v. Reed (November 22, 1971), Frontiero v. Richardson (May 14, 1973), and Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld (March 19, 1975).

For her role with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, Ginburg is generally regarded as the intellectual architect of constitutional protection of women’s rights. She has been called the “Thurgood Marshall” of women’s rights.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg to the important Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980, and in 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Supreme Court, as the second woman to serve on the Court. As the Court became more conservative on equality issues, Ginsburg began issuing a number of dissents with forceful criticisms of the majority on the Court, and also raising the same issues in major public speaking engagements.

Don’t miss: Linda Hirshman, Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World (2015)

Learn more about the ACLU and women’s rights: https://www.aclu.org/human-rights/womens-rights

Read about the history of the ACLU: Samuel Walker, In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU (1990)

Read the ACLU FBI File (not the complete file): http://vault.fbi.gov/ACLU

Learn about the ACLU today: www.aclu.org

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