Beatrice S. Burstein, noted feminist, social activist and New York State Supreme Court Justice, died this weekend at age 85. Burstein began her thirty-year judicial career when appointed to the New York State Commission of Correctionshe was the first woman to serve in this position. Justice Burstein also used her Supreme Court appointment to advocate for social activism and children’s rights.
Former president of Barnard College, Millicent Carey McIntosh, known for her feminist activism in the 1940s, also passed away last week at the age of 102. McIntosh was ahead of her time throughout her career in academia, spreading message of women’s equality, education and family that would become popular decades later. In her lectures, she urged parents to raise their daughters to be strong and not to diminish their own interests and intelligence.