2020-09-21 13:42:19

"A National Tragedy": Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Friend & "Favorite Client" Remembers the Legal Icon

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg first gained fame in the 1970s when she co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court.

One of those cases was Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, which centered on a widower who was refused Social Security benefits after his wife died during childbirth.

Democraacy Now! speaks with Stephen Wiesenfeld, who was told his gender made him ineligible and that only women were entitled to survivor's benefits.

Ginsburg argued in the Supreme Court that denying fathers benefits because of their sex was unconstitutional, and won a unanimous 8-0 decision in the case.

Wiesenfeld, who would become a lifelong friend to the late Supreme Court justice, says she "took their very conservative court and taught them that the stereotypes when they hurt one gender, hurt the other gender, as well."

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