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  • Longtime Executive Director of the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee
  • Former Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights 
  • Co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)

Born in Poland in June 1919, Edith Tiger was Executive Director of the now-defunct National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (NECLC) from 1968 to 1998; prior to that, she had been a full-time NECLC employee since 1956. When NECLC merged with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in 1998, Tiger stayed on as CCR's Vice President. She was also a member of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy’s Consultative Council.

During her years at NECLC, Tiger worked primarily behind the scenes, helping to secure funds for the organization and handling such mundane tasks as answering the telephone. She was also involved in the process of selecting the winners of NECLC's annual Tom Paine Award, which was given "in recognition of distinguished service in the fight for civil liberty." Among the recipients of this award were Bella Abzug, Bob Dylan, Jane Fonda, and Bertrand Russell.

An ardent abortion-rights activist, Tiger co-founded the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and served as an early member of that organization's Board of Directors.

She died of a heart attack in 2002.



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