The Center for Reproductive Rights is deeply saddened by the death of the legendary civil rights leader, educator and women’s activist Dr. Dorothy Height. Dr. Height dedicated her life to social justice with an unshakable resolve and a boundless energy. Among other impressive leadership roles in the battles to end discrimination and inequality, she worked to prevent lynching, to desegregate the armed services, and to attain equal pay and education for women and justice for African-American women over the course of seven decades. We are particularly grateful for her longtime belief and commitment to womens’ right to quality reproductive healthcare. It is also extraordinary that in the midst of championing others’ rights, she broke personal barriers, grappling with the racism and sexism.
Dr. Height’s life and legacy should serve as inspiration to all of those committed to the empowerment of those who are underserved, unrepresented and marginalized. The Center will continue to draw upon the spirit of the Queen Mother of the Civil Rights Movement and work to achieve her vision of the world.