Alice Goldmark Brandeis
The wife of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Alice Goldmark Brandeis used her position to advocate for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, child protection, and Zionist causes. Brandeis married in 1890 and advised her husband on strategies for promoting progressive causes as he gained a reputation as “the people’s attorney” for his legal activism. Despite her poor health, Alice took on responsibilities as a Washington, DC hostess when Louis was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1916, inviting liberal politicians and intellectuals to network at their house. The Brandeises were notorious for their modest lifestyle, and the Chicago judge Julian Mack once joked that guests to the Brandeis house knew to eat before and after each visit, but their home remained a popular gathering place for liberal thinkers. Alice Brandeis also became involved in politics more directly, campaigning on behalf of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and third-party presidential candidate Robert La Follette. During WWII, she also triggered controversy through her association with critics of American policy towards European Jewry and Palestine.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Alice Goldmark Brandeis." (Viewed on August 28, 2016) <http://jwa.org/people/brandeis-alice>.