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People

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.

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Aline Saarinen

Aline Saarinen’s combination of creativity and plain speaking made her an unusually engaging art critic and prompted the National Broadcasting Company to make her chief of their Paris news bureau, the first woman to hold such a position.

March 25, 1914
New York, New York
United States
Jessie Sampter quotation
Jessie Ethel Sampter

Despite her disabilities from childhood polio, Jessie Ethel Sampter became a Zionist pioneer, helping found kibbutzim and becoming one of Israel’s first modern poets.

March 22, 1883
New York, New York
United States
Freyda Sanders
Freyda Sanders

Freyda Sanders trained for jobs in a number of fields, but her experience teaching girls in a juvenile detention center led her to her life’s work in adolescent psychology.

1924
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Hannah Sandusky

Called “the angel” and “the saint” by her patients, midwife Hannah Sandusky was remarkable both for the sheer number of births she oversaw and for the respect that male doctors granted her for her skills.

1827
Kovno, Kaunas
Lithuania
Rabbi Sandy Sasso
Sandy Sasso

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso was the first woman rabbi ordained by the Reconstructionist movement, which was one of many firsts in her career.

1947
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Mathilde Schechter

Mathilde Roth Schechter was both an essential support for her husband’s work as president of the Jewish Theological Seminary and a force in her own right as founder of the Women’s League.

1857
Guttentag, Silesia
Poland
Madalyn Schenk
Madalyn Schenk

Madalyn Shenk drove significant political change both in Louisiana and in the nation as a whole.

1950
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Susan Weidman Schneider
Susan Weidman Schneider

As founder and editor of Lilith magazine, Susan Weidman Schneider created a space for Jewish feminists to discuss issues that deeply affected them.

March 17, 1944
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada
Rose Schneiderman
Rose Schneiderman

The first woman elected to national office in a labor union and the only woman on FDR’s National Recovery Administration Labor Advisory Board, Rose Schneiderman transformed the lives of American workers.

April 16, 1882
Saven
Poland
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Florence Schornstein

Florence Schornstein spent a lifetime making New Orleans a better place to live, and Hurricane Katrina only strengthened her resolve.

New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Denise Schorr
Denise Schorr

As a member of the French Resistance, Denise Schorr began saving Jewish children when she was still just seventeen.

September 20, 1918
Paris
France
Debra L. Schultz
Debra L. Schultz

Debra Schultz served as an advisor to the Jewish Women’s Archive in creating the Living the Legacy curriculum based on research she had done on the history of Jewish women in the civil rights movement.

Laurie Schwab Zabin
Laurie Schwab Zabin

Laurie Schwab Zabin’s work in reproductive health changed how Americans approach sex education and teen pregnancy.

1926
Barbara Seaman
Barbara Seaman

Medical journalist Barbara Seaman exposed the risks of birth control pills, making them the first-ever prescription drug to include an FDA warning health on possible side effects.

September 11, 1935
Letter from Henrietta Szold to Alice Seligsberg, October 8, 1931
Alice Lillie Seligsberg

Alice Lillie Seligsberg dedicated her life to caring for orphans, first in America and then in Israel.

August 8, 1873
New York, New York
United States
Gertrude Shapiro
Gertrude Shapiro

A nurse who put her patients before herself, Gertrude Shapiro travelled to Hiroshima to treat the injured after the city suffered an atomic blast.

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Clara Lemlich Shavelson

Clara Lemlich Shavelson pushed union leaders to recognize the importance of women in the labor movement and organized vital demonstrations for worker’s rights and cost-of-living issues.

1886
Gorodok
Ukraine
Lynn Sherr
Lynn Sherr

Believing that the stories of strong women needed to be remembered and honored, reporter Lynn Sherr covered women’s issues as a journalist and brought the story of Susan B. Anthony to a new generation.

March 4, 1942
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Abby Shevitz
Abby Shevitz

In her work on AIDS and HIV, Abby Shevitz became an advocate for patients who often had no one else to turn to.

1959
Pikesville, Maryland
United States
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore was one of the top recording artists of the 1940s, with hits like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” before starting a new career in the 1970s as a talk show host who prized conversation over confrontation.

March 1, 1917
Winchester, Tennessee
United States
Alix Kates Shulman
Alix Kates Shulman

From her radical marriage contract to her lyrical novels and memoirs, Alex Kates Shulman’s honesty and willingness to share her story helped shape the conversation about women’s liberation.

August 17, 1932
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
Betsy Shure Gross
Betsy Shure Gross

Betsy Shure Gross’s love of nature and open spaces led her to restore a local treasure: the last surviving linear park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

New Haven, Connecticut
United States
Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney

In contrast to the helpless waif she played so perfectly on screen, in real life Sylvia Sidney was a strong, opinionated woman who was unafraid to challenge some of the top Hollywood directors of her time.

August 8, 1910
Bronx, New York
United States
Beverly Sills
Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills may not have performed at the Metropolitan Opera House until age forty-five, but her impact on the opera world as both a singer and as the first female director of the New York City Opera Company (NYCO) was beyond measure.

May 25, 1929
Brooklyn, New York
United States
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Joan Micklin Silver

Joan Micklin Silver bucked Hollywood assumptions about what made a successful film, becoming a critically acclaimed director of independent films with Jewish themes like Hester Street and Crossing Delancey.

May 24, 1935
Omaha, Nevada
United States

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