Caroline Klein Simon fought for gender and racial equality and made the first laws against real estate brokers using “blockbusting” tactics to force sales of homes. Finding after she graduated NYU Law School in 1925 that no one would hire a married Jewish woman lawyer, Simon volunteered for the League of Women Voters and the National Council of Jewish Women, among other organizations. She successfully led campaigns to place women on juries and reform the Women’s Court of New York, ensuring that people could only enter the court if they had legitimate business, not just to leer at women in trouble. In 1935, she finally found paid work as executive director of the New York State Council of Jewish Women and in 1939 became editor of the Birth Control Review. In 1945, she became the only woman member of the State Commission Against Discrimination, helping draft state laws, and she was named to the State Youth Commission in 1956. In 1959, she became Secretary of State of New York, where she continued her efforts to prevent racial and gender discrimination. In 1963, she was appointed a judge of the New York Court of Claims, serving for eight years.
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