by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most
influential Americans of the 20th century, Ralph Nader has devoted his
life to giving ordinary people the tools they need to defend themselves against corporate
negligence and government indifference. With
a tireless, selfless dedication, he continues to expose and remedy the dangers which
threaten a free and safe society.
This consumer advocate, lawyer and author was born in Winsted,
Connecticut on February 27, 1934. Nader received an AB magna cum laude from
Princeton University in 1955 and in 1958, he received an LLB from Harvard University.
He began his career as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959.
Nader took on the Goliath of the auto industry with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, a shocking expose of the
disregard car makers held for the safety of their customers. The Senate hearing into
Naders accusations and the motor vehicle laws that resulted catapulted Nader into
the public sphere. Nader quickly built on the momentum of that success.
Working with lawmakers, he was instrumental in creating the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Laws he helped
draft and pass include the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Meat and Poultry Inspection rules,
and the Freedom of Information Act.
that Republicans and Democrats are so close ideologically and too heavily subsidized by
corporate donors, he calls them tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. Nader organized
presidential campaigns in 1992, 1996 and most recently accepted the Green Party nomination
for that partys 2000 bid. His goal is to build the foundation of a third
political party that rallies around issues rather than colorful figureheads. His
best-selling books include Winning the Insurance
Game, Why Women Pay More, and Getting the Best of Your Doctor.
is listened to intently by both private and corporate audiences. Years after they graduate, college students tell
him how his lectures changed their lives. His
message is simple and compelling: To go through life as a non-citizen would be to
feel that theres nothing you can do, that nobodys listening, that you
dont matter. But to be a citizen is to
enjoy the deep satisfaction of seeing pain prevented, misery avoided and injustice
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