Ruth Bleier


Ruth Bleier born New Kensington, PA November 17, 1923 (d. 1988). Neurologist. Feminist and peace activist. Chair of Maryland Committee for Peace, which called for end of Korean War and the draft, 1950-51; as chair, promoted a peace ballot calling for nuclear disarmament and an end to the Cold War, 1950. Due to her activism, blacklisted by Joseph McCarthy and lost her hospital privileges. After dissolution of marriage, came out as lesbian and started feminist restaurant “Lysistrata.”


"New attempts must be made to settle the differences between the United States and the Soviet Union—to establish world peace and to strengthen the United Nations. Either we find a way to live together in peace or we shall not live at all.” (Peace ballot, in Baltimore Afro-American, May 20, 1950; photo wikipedia)