Faith Seidenberg


Age: 91

Summary: attorney and activist known for her civil rights and civil liberties work who practiced law for more than 50 years and was a lead plaintiff in a landmark discrimination case against the Manhattan tavern McSorley's Ale House that refused to serve women when she went to the bar in 1970, was denied service, and told to leave at the time she served as a national vice president of the National Organization of Women (NOW), but who along with fellow attorney Karen DeCrow emerged victorious in federal court and the case changed public accomodations law leading to creation of the New York State's Human Rights Law and similar measures across the country.

Cause of Death: Lung ailment

Born: October 21, 1923

Died: January 16, 2015

Syracuse, New York