Monday, May 6, 2019
With others in the U.S. human rights community, we mourn the loss of Lenora Lapidus, longtime director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project, who passed on Sunday after a long and courageous struggle against breast cancer. Lenora was an indefatigable advocate who championed "human rights at home" early on -- she served as counsel to Jessica Gonzales Lenahan in her efforts to ensure that women's freedom from violence, she worked to ensure women's fair treatment in low wage work, she was a key part of an effort (still in progress) to move New York to follow San Francisco's lead and adopt a human rights frame for city governance, and she supported and inspired countless others to aim high in their advocacy for women's rights.
Lapidus followed in the footsteps of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who founded the ACLU's Women's Rights Project. The project flourished under Lapidus' leadership -- and her work will continue to have an impact far into the future, even as we miss Lenora's unmatched creativity, wit, intelligence, and lively presence in the public interest law trenches.