Longtime NOW Leader Luba Fineson Passes
Luba Fineson, longtime NOW member and Past Pres of Westchester Chapter, passed away March 19, 2014 at the age of 80. Also known as Luba Zimmerman, Fineson joined NOW-NYC in 1987 and in 1973 became chair of the rape prevention committee. With other committee members, she created “Rape, Myth and Fact,” a presentation shown at synagogues, churches, schools, and hospitals, and on radio and television. It was also used at police department conferences in New York City and Newark, NJ. In 1974, Fineson became the action VP of NYC NOW, responsible for the committees on childcare, rape prevention, and marriage and divorce. She was involved in the support actions for the freedom to choose, fought gender bias at television stations, and campaigned for the ERA. Fineson and others engendered the creation of the Westchester NOW lesbian task force. Through her job as director of central files at the Population Council, Fineson saw the gender disparity in funding for research, and with other female staff formed a women’s caucus to monitor and discuss gender discrimination on the job. “I believe they fired me because of my involvement in the caucus,” she said. From 1976-1985, Fineseon was corresponding secretary, Westchester NOW, and from 1978-83 was a board member, Westchester Women’s Federal Credit Union. From 1985-90, she was secretary, Philadelphia NOW, and from 1987-94 was a board member of Choice, a Philadelphia research and referral agency for affordable day care. Retiring in 1995, Fineson moved back to New York and remained active in Westchester NOW, serving from 1997-2001 as chapter president. Source
A celebration of Luba Fineson’s life occurred at the home of her son Eduard Zimmerman (3 London Terrace, New Rochelle, NY 10804) on Saturday March 22nd from 1 to 4pm.
Rest in peace Luba. You were a true champion for women.