Browse this section for short profiles of some of the thousands of Jewish women found throughout jwa.org. We will be adding new profiles to this section regularly and welcome your suggestions for women to add.
Mary Jacqueline Fabian brought opera to those who might not otherwise hear it, from directing an opera company in Birmingham, Alabama to running education and enrichment programs for a quarter of a million children in postwar Europe.
Claire Fagin’s groundbreaking studies on parents and children changed hospital practices around the country long before her term as the first female interim president of an Ivy League university opened new possibilities for women in academia.
Ruth Fainlight’s poetry interweaves her feminism and elements of Judaism with highly symbolic language.
Witnessing the liberation of concentration camps at the end of WWII drove Minna Regina Falk to make sense of the war by placing it in the larger context of German history.
Marcia Falk transformed the art of prayer with feminist blessings and modern translations of ancient writing.
Ruth Lewis Farkas’s remarkable and varied career ranged from creating a retail chain that survived the Great Depression to teaching sociology to running international education initiatives.
A childhood friend of Golda Meir, Sara Feder-Keyfitz grew up to be a significant Zionist and feminist leader in her own right.
Jessica Feingold devoted her career to transforming the grand ideas of Louis Finkelstein, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, into practical reality.
Dianne Feinstein made a career of political firsts, as first female gubernatorial candidate and first female senator for the state of California.
Both through her writing and in her work with Israeli-Palestinian dialogue groups, Merle Feld supported the difficult and delicate struggle to make peace in the Middle East.
Sandra Feldman dedicated her career to protecting the rights of educators as the first woman president of both New York City’s Union Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
As a historian, a journalist, a community leader, and a matchmaker, Mary Arbitman Fellman cared for the past, present, and future of the Jewish community in Omaha.
Mary Fels used her wealth and her talents as a writer and editor to further the Zionist cause, arguing passionately for a Jewish state and helping create both settlements and industry in Israel.
In her novels, short stories, and plays, Edna Ferber captured the rich variety of life in America, from the Mississippi River in Show Boat to the wilds of Alaska in Ice Palace.
Roberta “Bobbi” Fiedler felt driven by the Holocaust to oppose government regulation of citizens’ lives, leading her to a career as a Republican congresswoman.
Dorothy Fields wrote songs for a wide variety of musicals that became dearly loved classics of American culture, from “Hey Big Spender” to “A Fine Romance” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” which won an Academy Award in 1936.
Faced with a mandatory internship for her PhD but nowhere she could actually practice Jewish feminist scholarship, Irene Fine created the innovative Woman’s Institute for Continuing Jewish Education in 1977.
Even after their separation in 1947, Sylvia Fine collaborated with her husband, Danny Kaye, creating playful, complex songs to support his effervescent performances on screen.
Rosa Edelhurst Fineberg kept detailed records of her work as a midwife that shed light on the lives of Jewish immigrants at the turn of the century.
June Finer took part in civil rights protests during Freedom Summer through the Medical Committee for Human Rights, beginning a long career at the intersection of medicine and activism.
Rita Sapiro Finkler was a pioneer in the field of endocrinology, making important discoveries about the role hormones play in pregnancy, menopause, and other aspects of women’s health.
In The Dialectic of Sex, Shulamith Firestone argued that women’s liberation would require a radical rethinking of sexual mechanics, pregnancy, and gender roles.
Edith Fisch literally wrote the book on evidence, a text regularly cited by judges and used in law schools throughout New York. Confined to a wheelchair by a childhood bout of polio, Fisch hit a literal roadblock in her ambitions to become a chemist: all the available graduate schools had stairs.
Jane Brass Fischel created and led organizations to support Jews of all ages, from the Hebrew Children’s Home for orphans to the Home of the Daughters of Jacob, an elder care facility.
Ruth E. Fizdale helped transform social work from a charitable volunteer activity to a paid profession through her development of a fee-for-service, nonprofit counseling firm.
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "People." (Viewed on July 31, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/toc/F>.