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.
A rare example of a writer deeply engaged with the world, Grace Paley made an impact as much through her activism as her writing.
Dorothy Parker commented on the art and events of her times with her brilliant turns of phrase and acid wit.
Marilyn Paul risked her safety to train a mixed group of Israeli and Palestinian health care professionals in the Gaza Strip.
Phoebe Yates Levy Pember managed a hospital through the chaos of the Civil War and left an account of her life that offered a window into daily life for Jews in Southern high society.
Resisting trends towards fussy recipes with complicated instructions and esoteric ingredients, Deb Perelman focused her Smitten Kitchen food blog on “foolproof” recipes that incorporated feedback from online commenters.
As the founder of Radical Doula, Miriam Zoila Perez created a network for birthing coaches to support people of all genders, races, and economic backgrounds through pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, and abortion.
Roberta Peters made a remarkable debut at the Metropolitan Opera which led to a career spanning more than half a century as one of the Met’s most popular sopranos.
Irna Phillips created soap operas for radio and television that were followed by massive audiences, including Guiding Light, and introduced plotlines that shaped the format of many soaps that followed.
A lively comic actress with a talent for playing tomboys, Molly Picon brought Yiddish theater to a wider American audience.
Marge Piercy’s novels have become modern classics of feminist literature, while her poems and liturgy have transformed Jewish prayer.
Judith Plaskow created a new Jewish feminist theology through her scholarly masterwork, Standing Again at Sinai.
Both in her own writing and as founding editor of Ms. magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin gave voice to the driving concerns of women in the feminist movement.
As the first woman judge appointed in New York State, Justine Wise Polier focused on helping the most vulnerable population: children.
Sylvia Field Porter, known for her clear, straightforward writing and wise advice, broke ground as the first woman to write the financial section of a big-city newspaper.
The mother of the first Jewish congresswoman, Mary Goldsmith Prag was a literal pioneer in her own right as a gold-rush era teacher and the first Jewish member of the San Francisco Board of Education.
Sally J. Priesand broke new ground as the first women rabbi ordained in America.
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "People." (Viewed on October 31, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/toc/P>.