NA’AMAT USA has presented Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with its 2016 Golda Meir Humanitarian Award. National Board Officers and members from around the country travelled to Washington, D.C. for the presentation, which took place May 3rd in the Supreme Court’s East Conference Room.
The NA’AMAT USA Golda Meir Humanitarian Award is given to international leaders who have made outstanding contributions to justice, equality and support for the State of Israel. Along with presenting the award, NA’AMAT USA has created a scholarship in Justice Ginsburg’s name which will be presented annually to a woman pursuing a law degree in Israel.
In presenting the award to Justice Ginsburg, NA’AMAT USA President Elizabeth Raider cited her “consistent efforts in the realms of workplace discrimination, gender equality and reproductive rights (that) have significantly improved the lives of women.” She added that Justice Ginsburg has helped “to open doors and opportunities for women in many walks of life” and has made “an indelible impact by encouraging women to strive to attain greater goals than some ever believed possible.”
In her acceptance remarks, Justice Ginsburg talked about her life and work and noted that her decision to pursue a career in law was inspired by Belva Lockwood, an American attorney, politician, educator, and author, who was the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also said that she was pleased to accept an award named for the late Israeli Prime Minister and NA’AMAT USA co-founder Golda Meir.
Also in attendance were Robert Zahler, President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; Loribeth Weinstein, CEO and Executive Director of Jewish Woman International; and from Israel’s Embassy in Washington, Elana Friedman, Cultural Affairs Officer; and Sophie Felder, Director of Regional Affairs and Public Diplomacy.
Past recipients of the NA’AMAT USA Golda Meir Humanitarian Award include Hubert Humphrey, Isaac Stern, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Sam Lewis, Shoshana Cardin, Simcha Dinitz, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.