Where would we be without champions like Ted Kennedy. Feminists have their champions like Susan B. Anthony and Bella Abzug, et al. who pioneered the cause for justice for all.
Teddy Kennedy will continue to be a great inspiration to me, a catalyst and an example of pragmatic idealism. He was also a great champion of women's rights: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/08/26-8.