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Profiles

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Date of Birth
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Shulamith Nardi

Shulamith Nardi helped shape relations between Jews and gentiles in the fledgling State of Israel through her analysis of Jewish literature and her work as advisor on Diaspora affairs to four Israeli presidents.

April 23, 1909
New York, New York
United States
Lillian Nassau

Antique dealer Lillian Nassau rekindled the public’s enthusiasm for art deco and art nouveau at a time when Tiffany lamps were being destroyed for their bronze.

December 25, 1899
Warsaw
Poland
Rachel Natelson

Rachel Natelson helped found Hadassah and devoted herself to Zionist organizations, but never achieved her dream of traveling to Palestine.

1885
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Adele Gutman Nathan

With a lifelong passion for both theater and history, Adele Gutman Nathan made a career of creating historical pageants, leading to her crowning achievement, writing a guide for Americans to celebrate their country’s bicentennial.

September 15, 1889
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
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Maud Nathan

After her daughter’s death, Maud Nathan battled grief by throwing herself into social justice work, transforming herself from a simple society wife to influential social reformer.

October 20, 1862
New York, New York
United States
Grace Seixas Nathan

Although her writing was never published in her lifetime, Grace Seixas Nathan’s poetry and letters showed her passion for her country, her family, and her religion.

November 11, 1752
Stratford, Connecticut
United States
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Gertrud Amon Natzler

Ceramicist Gertrud Amon Natzler and her husband Otto created thousands of stunning ceramics together, an exquisite collaboration that continued even after her death.

July 7, 1908
Vienna
Austria
Margaret Naumburg

By creating her own school and her own system of education based on principles of psychoanalysis, Margaret Naumburg laid the groundwork for the new discipline of art therapy.

May 14, 1890
New York, New York
United States
Elsie Margaret Binger Naumburg

Elsie Margaret Binger Naumburg put her research into rare South American birds on hold during WWII to aid a different breed of songbird: refugee and unemployed musicians.

July 7, 1880
New York, New York
United States
Carrie Marcus Neiman

A born saleswoman, Carrie Marcus Neiman made her family’s department stores synonymous with high-end retail fashion.

May 5, 1883
Louisville, Kentucky
United States
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Irene Nemirovsky

First censored and then killed during the Holocaust, novelist Irène Némirovsky finally achieved the recognition she deserved long after her death.

February 24, 1903
Kiev
Ukraine
Sheryl Baron Nestel
Sheryl Baron Nestel

Sheryl Baron Nestel’s activism in the childbirth reform movement led to her investigation of how race and racism affect healthcare.

Los Angeles, California
United States
Joan Nestle
Joan Nestle

Driven by the concern that “the colonized are condemned to lose their memory,” lesbian writer and activist Joan Nestle created the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

May 12, 1940
New York, New York
United States
Bernice L. Neugarten
Bernice L. Neugarten

A pioneer of the study of adult development and aging, Bernice Levin Neugarten found that there was no one right way for people to grow old.

1916
Norfolk, Nebraska
United States
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Elsa Neumann

Elsa Neumann earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Berlin in 1899, nine years before women were officially allowed to study there, becoming the university’s first woman graduate.

August 23, 1872
Berlin, Berlin
Germany
Louise Nevelson and Neith Nevelson
Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson transformed the concept of sculpture from an object the audience walks around to a space the audience can enter into.

September 23, 1900
Pereyaslav
Russia
Isadora Newman

Isadora Newman’s creativity defied categorization, spilling across the boundaries of poetry, fiction, painting, and playwriting, but always returned to the African American and Creole influences of her New Orleans heritage.

April 23, 1878
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Lesléa Newman
Leslea Newman

A proud lesbian feminist writer, Lesléa Newman made history in 1989 with her controversial children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies.

1955
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Pauline Newman Cropped
Pauline Newman

Pauline Newman made massive strides for workers’ rights, especially women workers, by building bridges between many different factions.

1890
Kovno, Kaunas
Lithuania
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Estelle Newman

Estelle Reiss Newman innovated new programs for aiding the blind, from providing retirement homes for the aged blind to helping younger disabled people navigate independent lives in their communities.

November 24, 1896
New York, New York
United States
Blanche Cohen Nirenstein

Blanche Cohen Nirenstein found a myriad of ways to help Jewish widows and needy children, from founding a kosher summer camp to supporting Holocaust survivors.

November 24, 1885
New York, New York
United States
Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit
Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit

Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit risked her own safety to become one of the first female refuseniks to protest for the right to leave Soviet Russia.

1940
Moscow
Russia
Emmy Noether

Praised by many, including Albert Einstein, as the most important woman in the history of mathematics, Emmy Noether helped develop abstract algebra and crafted a theorem explaining the connection between symmetry and conservation laws in physics.

March 23, 1882
Erlangen
Germany

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on May 25, 2015) <http://jwa.org/people/toc/N>.

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