Woman of the Month: Edie Windsor

Woman of the Month is a feature on my blog where each month I highlight a woman in the world who I think garners recognition. I started this mainly to increase Girl Power and empowerment, and because there’s a lot of women I feel are overlooked and I wanted to bring attention to them.

This month I’m highlighting Edie Windsor.

Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor passed away this month so I wanted to talk about her. I’m sure many of you know her, but Windsor was an LGBTQ+ activist. She was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, which is the case that successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was a legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States. She volunteered for several LGBTQ+ activism groups until she passed away. During the Stonewall Riots, her and her partner loaned their car to LGBTQ+ groups.

She also had a master’s in math and studied applied math at Harvard on a fellowship, and was honoured by the National Computing Conference as a pioneer in operating systems. So she was a queer woman in STEM during a time in US when it was especially hard to do so.

Obama posted a fantastic post on his Facebook after she passed away and it made me tear up. The LGBTQ+ community lost a voice this month.

Thanks for reading! xx

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