Changing History

Popular women’s blog Shewired has listed the 10 queer women who changed history. Jewish women included on the list: Eve Sedgwick and Edie Windsor.

Eve-Sedgwick

Eve Sedgwick Well known by any Women’s Studies major, Sedgwick is a matriarch of queer theory. She is perhaps best known for her work, the Epistemology of the Closet in which she explores the meaning of hetero and homosexuality and the how queerness exists as a separate, less restricting entity.

Edie-Windsor

Edie Windsor When Edie Windsor’s wife died (they were married in Canada), she sued the federal government for the over $360,000 she was made to pay in estate taxes. This led to one of the most significant marriage equality supreme court cases—the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. When the Supreme Court justices ruled 5-4, Windsor’s case was the first time a same-sex marriage was recognized in the United States.

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