Statement of the Honorable Dan Maffei Floor Statement Honoring Karen DeCrow

Statement of the Honorable Dan Maffei Floor Statement Honoring Karen DeCrow as Prepared for Delivery June 10, 2014

                     

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to honor Karen DeCrow, a constituent of mine who passed away last Friday at the age of 76.

Karen DeCrow was a trailblazer who fought tirelessly for women’s equality and justice for all.

Among her many accomplishments, Karen was a civil rights lawyer, a columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard, and president of the National Organization for Women, also known as NOW.

She was the first woman to run for mayor in a major city in New York and was the only woman in her graduating class at Syracuse University School of Law.

Karen championed the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have made discrimination against women unconstitutional, and she led the fight against gender discrimination in workplaces, educational institutions, and sports.

I had the privilege of working with Karen as she remained active in NOW, serving as the Vice President of the Greater Syracuse Chapter up until her passing.

Mr. Speaker, Eleanor Roosevelt was remembered as having lived by the phrase “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

For those of us who strive for women’s equality, Karen DeCrow lit a bonfire.