Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor
Edie Windsor at DC Pride 2017
Edie Windsor at DC Pride 2017
BornEdith Schlain
(1929-06-20)June 20, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 2017(2017-09-12) (aged 88)
New York City, U.S.
Other namesEdie Windsor
Alma materNew York University
Temple University
Known forUnited States v. Windsor
MovementLGBT rights
Spouse(s)Saul Windsor (?-?; div.)
Thea Clara Spyer (m. 2007; d. 2009)
Judith Kasen (m. 2016)
Awardssee below

Edith "Edie" Windsor[1] (née Schlain; June 20, 1929 – September 12, 2017) was an American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM. She was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor, which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States.

Early life and education

Windsor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to James and Celia Schlain, a Russian Jewish immigrant family of modest means. She was the youngest of three children.[2][3][4] During her childhood, her family suffered as a result of the Great Depression, and her father lost both his candy-and-ice-cream store and their home above it.[2][5] In school, she at times experienced anti-Semitism.[3][6] Throughout school, she dated boys her age, but said later she recalls having crushes on girls.[3][7]

Windsor received her bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1950.[2][8] In 1955, she began pursuing a master's degree in mathematics, which she obtained from New York University in 1957.[2][3][6] She then joined IBM, where she worked for the next sixteen years. During this time, she spent two semesters studying applied mathematics at Harvard University on an IBM fellowship.[2]

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