They used to know who she was

Oh gosh look what have we here, why it’s an article at the ACLU about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s role as the founding director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. The WOMEN’S Rights Project. Not the People’s Rights Project, not the Everybody’s Rights Project, not the I Don’t See Color Or Sex Project, but the WOMEN’S Rights Project. But fast forward a year (the article is only a year old) and we get some moronic “activist” actually deleting her words and replacing them with words that pretend women don’t exist.

The article is by Aryeh Neier, former Executive Director of the ACLU, and it’s about RBG as head of the new Women’s Rights Project. WOMEN’S.

Half a century ago, in October 1970, I became the executive director of the ACLU. I had a wish list, and foremost on the list was the establishment of a Women’s Rights Project.

I had been involved in a few women’s rights cases in my previous post as director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. My wife, who was a young corporate executive at a time when not many women held such posts, encountered discrimination against women on a regular basis. Most importantly, a feminist movement had been reborn in the late 1960s, and I wanted the ACLU to be part of it and to contribute expertise in litigation.

Fast forward 50 years and the ACLU is determinedly removing the word “women” from its press statements. They should be deeply ashamed of themselves.

I heard that the New Jersey ACLU had secured the volunteer assistance of a professor at Rutgers Law School who had done excellent work. Her name was Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I called her to arrange an interview.

Ruth impressed me when I met her, but what really captivated me was the quality of her written work. Her legal pleadings and briefs were powerfully argued and beautifully written, and the dominant theme that emerged from them was that women and men should not be limited by sexual stereotypes. Men could be nurturing parents and caregivers, women could be breadwinners, and both were entitled to equal treatment.

Without the ACLU job maybe she wouldn’t have been in the running for the Supreme Court, maybe Bill Clinton wouldn’t have thought of her. Yet now they’re removing the word “women” when they quote her.

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