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.
Sally Mack raised her children with a belief in nonviolent activism, and they in turn led her to join their protest of nuclear weapons.
Judith Malina won acclaim as an actress, a director and a producer through the experimental Living Theatre she cofounded with her husband, Julian Beck, in 1948.
Regina Margareten was hailed as the “Matzah Queen” and the “matriarch of the kosher food industry” for both her business sense and her innovations to improve the quality of her products.
Sophie Maslow blended classical, modern, and folk traditions in her dance and choreography and drew inspiration from politics and modern folk music to create vibrant new pieces that engaged audiences in new ways.
Susan Maze-Rothstein’s childhood experiences of injustice led her to help create a more just world for her children and her students.
A direct, no-nonsense politician who participated in Israel’s governance from its independence onward, Golda Meir served as Israel’s first female Prime Minister through the turbulent period of the Six-Day War.
Florence Zacks Melton helped create and support important adult education programs in the Jewish community as well as secular causes.
In her short but remarkable life, actress Adah Isaacs Menken became legendary for her scandalous defiance of convention.
Actress Helen Menken’s greatest contribution to Broadway history was her work as theatrical producer for the innovative wartime effort Stage Door Canteen, offering entertainment to servicemen and women.
As a politician, Ruth Messinger served her community, but in leading American Jewish World Service, she has found ways for her community to help repair the world.
Deena Metzger’s iconic portrait, “The Warrior,” changed the way we look at surviving breast cancer.
Believing that education was the best path for women’s success, Annie Nathan Meyer founded Barnard College, New York’s first liberal arts college for women.
Unapologetically bawdy, Bette Midler used elements from earlier brassy entertainers like Sophie Tucker in her comedy and music, but with a style that was all her own.
Miriam “Mimi” Miller resisted her family’s notions of the proper life for a nice Jewish girl, not only training as a nurse but serving in a combat zone in the Philippines through some of the worst devastation of World War II.
Long before gay marriage became a reality, Cheryl Moch dared to dream a gay marriage fairy tale.
Shelly Morhaim brought national attention to anti-war and environmental causes through her documentary films and the use of one iconic photo.
Belle Moskowitz gained considerable power and influence as New York Governor Alfred E. Smith’s closest advisor by offering him her complete loyalty and support through his gubernatorial work and his 1928 presidential campaign.
A pioneer of air evacuation medicine, Yetta Moskowitz received an air medal for flying over 100 hours through combat zones in New Guinea and the Philippines to evacuate wounded soldiers in World War II.
Renowned anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff made waves when she chose to study a very different culture: her own.
Carmel Myers acted in over seventy films and led a production company that packaged TV and radio shows, but her most lasting contribution to Hollywood may have been her popularization of the idea of A-list and B-list celebrities.
When Bess Myerson encountered anti-Semitism as the first Jewish Miss America, she used her new-found fame to fight hatred through the Anti-Defamation League.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "People." (Viewed on August 20, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/toc/M>.