1972 February 12

Dorothy Kenyon, Feminist and Civil Libertarian, Dies


Dorothy Kenyon was a New York City attorney, a liberal, feminist and civil libertarian who was active in the ACLU and many other organizations. She has the distinction of being the first person “named” by Senator Joe McCarthy in 1950, which he did on March 8, 1950. McCarthy had made extravagant claims about having a “list” of Communists in government and was under pressure to deliver actual names.

In tribute to Kenyon’s pioneering work for women’s rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, added her name to brief in the landmark women’s rights case of Frontiero v. Richardson, decided on May 14, 1973.

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