Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ricky Silberman, RIP

Sad news in today's WaPo: "Ricky" Silberman, former EEOC Commissioner and conservative activist, died of complications from breast cancer much too early, at the age of 69. She helped create the Independent Women's Forum, and is perhaps most famous for her staunch defense of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during the Anita Hill imbroglio. She was also the wife (of 49 years) of D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with her a few times at Federalist Society Lawyers Conventions at the Mayflower during the early 1990s, when attendance was much lower than it is these days. A dynamic woman, she was famous for making sport of the PCism of the radical feminists, and their abuse of the language, frequently wearing a button which read "Sex is Better than Gender."

Rest in Peace.

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