Who gets a chance to write a constitution at the age of 22 — and change the course of history for an entire nation of women?
American Beate Sirota Gordon, who died December 30 at age 89 in Manhattan, was given just that chance when she wrote women’s rights into the 1946 post-war Japanese Constitution, reports the New York Times.
A brilliant linguist, Gordon was born to Russian-Jewish parents, who relocated to Japan while her father pursued his musical career. While growing up in Japan, Gordon was disturbed by the poor treatment of women she observed — a sentiment she would call upon while writing Japan’s Constitution after the end of the war.
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