Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Edith "Edie" Windsor
June 20, 1929 - September 12, 2017
Starting in 1963, she was in a relationship with Thea Spyer. They married in Canada in 2007. Their marriage was legally recognized in New York, where they resided. When Spyer died in 2009, the federal government denied Windsor benefits otherwise provided to a surviving spouse. She sued. In 2013, the Supreme Court held in Windsor v. U.S. that denying same-sex married couples equal federal benefits was unconstitutional. Her case was used by courts to overturn same-sex marriage prohibitions in 17 states including Pennsylvania and laid the groundwork for Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which mandated same-sex marriage nationwide.
Born and raised in Philadelphia. Windsor graduated from Temple University in 1950. She received a master's degree in mathematics from New York University and studied applied mathematics at Harvard University.
She was an early pioneer in computer architecture, operating systems, and natural language processors. At a time when few women were
This historic marker was initiated and overseen by Equality Forum to bring attention to the seminal role that Philadelphia and Philadelphians played in the LGBT civil rights movement.
Erected 2018 by Equality Forum and the City of Philadelphia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Science & Medicine • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
Location. 39° 56.892′ N, 75° 9.735′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on South 13th Street north of Locust Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the sidewalk, in front of a parking lot, facing South 13th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 South 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John E. Fryer, M.D. (a few steps from this marker); Historical Society of Pennsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); AIDS Library of Philadelphia (within shouting distance of this marker); New Century Guild (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Gay News (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); 1319 Locust Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Philadelphia Sketch Club (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . . Edie Windsor. Edie Windsor was a civil rights icon, technology pioneer and feminist best remembered for her landmark Supreme Court marriage equality lawsuit. (Submitted on June 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Additional keywords. LGBT, LGBTQ
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.