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Janice Goodman

Janice Goodman’s work on civil rights issues drove her to become a lawyer, arguing class action cases for women’s rights. Goodman participated in Congress of Racial Equality events before volunteering for Freedom Summer in 1964. She then joined the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in bringing depositions to the House of Representatives saying the 1964 congressional elections were unconstitutional because African Americans had been barred from voting. She cofounded the first Women and the Law Committee at NYU Law School in 1970, going on to cofound the first feminist law firm in 1972. She served as lead or co-counsel on class actions that included NOW v WABC, an action to revoke WABC’s broadcasting license for its failure to hire women in professional or union positions. At the Center for Constitutional Rights, she brought a number of pre-Roe v Wade cases challenging abortion laws in New York and New Jersey. She was appointed by New York Governor Cuomo to his task force on sexual harassment and taught courses on employment discrimination. As of 2014, she is in private practice, focusing on discrimination cases against women and minorities.

Janice Goodman
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Janice Goodman with Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Leader Victoria Gray Adams at the 1988 SNCC Reunion. Courtesy of Janice Goodman.
Date of Birth
1935
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Janice Goodman." (Viewed on July 11, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/goodman-janice>.

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