Shirley Adelson Siegel has died, according to a statement posted online on June. 24, 2020.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Barnard College wrote
Rest in peace, Shirley Adelson Siegel ’37. Siegel was a leading New York civil rights lawyer whose legal work laid the foundations for some of the country’s most basic civil rights protections. She earned a full scholarship to Barnard — starting college at just 15.
After graduating in 1937, she went on to become the only woman in her class at Yale Law School, the first head of the Civil Rights Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s office, general counsel of New York City’s Housing and Development Administration, and, in 1979, New York State’s first female solicitor general. She also participated in and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court landmark cases that helped to prevent discrimination in employment and prove the constitutionality of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Steadfast in her commitment to Barnard and our students, Siegel spoke on panels, raised money for the College, and was presented the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2019. We remember and celebrate her life, legacy, and countless contributions to the field of civil rights.
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
John D Elmore Wrote
A life of significance. Shirley Siegel was no stranger to discrimination. After graduating fourth in her class at Yale Law School in 1941, she applied to and was rejected by 40 male-dominated law firms because she was a woman. But she went on to become a top civil rights lawyer, arguing cases before the Supreme Court and becoming New York State’s first female solicitor general. Ms. Siegel died on Monday, June 22, 2020, at her home in Manhattan. She was 101 years old. May her memory be eternal.
Look What SHE Did wrote
RIP Shirley A. Siegel, a trailblazing civil rights lawyer who challenged racial discrimination and became the first woman to serve as New York state’s solicitor general.
She was the only woman in the Yale Law School Class of 1941. “I came to my first class and nobody would sit next to me,” she has said. After graduation, she was turned down by over 40 firms because she was a woman before being hired as the first woman attorney at Proskauer, Rose.
During her time at Proskauer, Siegel would spend her lunch hour volunteering at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In 1959, Siegel was hired to run the newly founded Civil Rights Bureau.
In this office, Siegel was able to enforce fair hiring practices for women and minorities. Her early career was dedicated to fighting for African Americans to be able to purchase homes, who at the time, were often banned from buying or even renting property.
Last year she was awarded Barnard’s Medal of Distinction for her “trailblazing civil rights and fair housing” work. RIP Shirley, thank you for your service.
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