American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM
Edith "Edie" Windsor (June 20, 1929 – September 12, 2017) was an American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM.
- It [the domestic partnership] was a symbol of who were to each other, no question...but it wasn't the same as the morning after we got married and woke up. There's a profundity that probably goes with the word altogether, but I think it's much more so for those of us who thought we could never have it.
- On how marriage changed her relationship to Thea Spyer in “Edith Windsor on Love, DOMA and Life as a Civil Rights Icon” in WNYC Studios (2013 Dec 25)
- We told ourselves that it didn’t matter if there was no word to cement our reality…We were the ones that made it real. And yet, the sense of otherness loomed.
- On wanting to legitimize her relationship (as quoted in “Gay rights icon Edie Windsor’s sheer force carries ‘A Wild and Precious Life’”) (Tampa Bay; 2019 Oct 8)
- I could not imagine a life that way…I wanted to be like everybody else. You marry a man who supports you – it never occurred to me I'd have to earn a living, and nor did I study to earn a living.
- On coming to the realization that she was a lesbian (as quoted in “Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer: 'A love affair that just kept on and on and on'”) (The Guardian; 2013 Jun 26)
- I really believe in the supreme court. First of all, I'm the youngest in my family and justice matters a lot – the littlest one gets pushed around a lot. And I trust the supreme court, I trust the constitution – so I feel a certain confidence that we'll win.
- On her confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court in “Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer: 'A love affair that just kept on and on and on'”) (The Guardian; 2013 Jun 26)