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New Jersey ACLU mourns loss of gender equality trailblazer Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg worked with the New Jersey affiliate throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, not only on cases surrounding women's rights but gender equality as a whole.

News 12 Staff

Sep 20, 2020, 2:30 AM

Updated 1,368 days ago

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The American Civil Liberties Union is mourning the loss of a trailblazer in gender equality, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
One of Justice Ginsburg's landmark cases out of New Jersey was when she represented Stephen Wiesenfeld in 1975.
Amol Sinha, the executive director of the New Jersey ACLU, says, "There are very few people that have had such an impact on the legal system, on case law, on doctrine, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of them."
Wiesenfeld's wife died during childbirth and he was denied a social security benefit because it was only for mothers. Ginsburg won in a unanimous decision.
"It's a remarkable case and one that we owe a lot of gratitude to Ruth Bader Ginsburg for and that stemmed out of New Jersey," Sinha says.
Attorney Bill Hodes had Ginsburg as a professor at Rutgers in the 60s. He later worked for her as a clerk.
 "That was a very typical Ruth Ginsburg way of working through a legal problem, not just shooting at the hip, carefully planned," he says. "In the evening she would take two satchels full of briefs and would go home, and she did most of her work at home late at night and we would say, 'poor woman, her workday is just starting.'"
Ginsburg partnered with the New Jersey ACLU on gender discrimination cases. The ACLU has kept a letter she wrote to the organization.
"I hope that this weekend and this week people can take a minute to reflect on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and celebrate her life, and not politicize the moment," Sinha says.
The New Jersey ACLU plans on changing the name of one of its legal centers from the Liberty Center to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Liberty Center.


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