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Defending Women's Rights Past, Present, and Future

Defending Women's Rights Past, Present, and Future

By Katherine A. Greenier, ACLU of Virginia at 6:58pm
Patricia M. Arnold, a pioneer woman aviator and longtime supporter of the ACLU of Virginia, was a trailblazer for women's rights. Arnold made history when she became the first woman in the world to own a helicopter. Her legacy lived on when, in 2007, Arnold left the bulk of her estate to the ACLU of Virginia Foundation to establish the Patricia M. Arnold Memorial Fund. The purpose of the fund, according to her will, is "to combat through all legal means, the pervasive and powerful sexual bias and sexual discrimination against women found to exist in the State of Virginia." The ACLU of Virginia is proud to fulfill Ms. Arnold's wishes to further gender equality through the recent establishment of the Patricia M. Arnold Women's Rights Project.
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