Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History

10 Things You Should Know About Fannia Cohn

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. Fannia Cohn, born in 1885, grew up in a well-to-do family in what was the western part of the Russian empire:  Kletzk, now part of Belarus. She was educated at home, and by the time she was 15, she was involved in secret revolutionary activities.

  2. Just before turning 20, she and her brother immigrated to the U.S. aided by wealthy relatives who were already here. Fannia’s first job in the U.S. was with the American Jewish Women’s Committee helping other Jewish women arriving at Ellis Island.

10 Things You Should Know About Lillian Wald

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  1. Lillian Wald was born in Cincinnati, OH in 1867. Like many German Jews, her parents had emigrated from Europe soon after the revolutions of 1848.

10 Things You Should Know About Emma Lazarus

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  1. Emma Lazarus was born in 1849 to Moses and Esther Nathan Lazarus, descendants of the pioneering group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who settled in

10 Things You Should Know About Pauline Newman

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  1. Born in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1890, Pauline Newman was barred from the local public school because she was Jewish.

10 Things You Should Know About Belle Moskowitz

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. Born in Harlem in 1877, Belle Moskowitz (née Lindner) enjoyed a successful career as a reformer, settlement worker, and labor media

10 Things You Should Know About Clara Lemlich

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. When Clara Lemlich was growing up in the Ukraine, her religious parents did not want their daughter learning Russian, the l

10 Things You Should Know About Bessie Abramowitz Hillman

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. Born in 1889, Bessie Abramowitz Hillman grew up in the Russian empire, in the city of Grodno, now part of Belarus.

10 Things You Should Know About Rose Schneiderman

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Rose Schneiderman
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  1. Born in 1882 into a devout Jewish family in Saven, Poland, Rose Schneiderman was raised from an early age to believe she was capa

10 Things You Should Know About Rose Pesotta

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  1. Rakhel Peisoty, who later changed her name to Rose Pesotta, was born in 1896 in a Ukrainian railroad town that was then part of the Ru

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