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.
When she challenged Chicago politicians to put a woman’s name on the ballot, Joanne Alter never expected the name would be her own.
Forceful, dedicated, and brash, Sadie American shaped the National Council of Jewish Women for more than twenty years before resigning and severing all ties with the organization.
Naomi Kassan Amir was a pioneer in pediatric neurology in part because of her holistic approach, seeing each child not just in terms of their disability but in the context of their family and their community.
After years of offering medical help to refugees, Lynn Amowitz decided she needed to solve the problems at their source: the human rights violations driving refugees from their homes.
Birdie Amsterdam capped a career of firsts in the legal profession with her role as the first woman elected to the New York State Supreme Court.
Sadie Cecelia Friedman Annenberg gave generously to Jewish causes both in the US and Israel.
Ruth Nanda Anshen created connections between the great thinkers of different fields, offering them opportunities to explain their work to each other and the general public.
Eleanor Antin explored issues of gender, race, and identity by taking on personae of various outsiders in her performance art, installation art, and films.
An immigrant girl who achieved literary fame at the age of thirteen, Mary Antin became a symbol of the American dream.
Using both field research and her own experiences posing as a pregnant woman, Joyce Antler not only helped repeal New York’s laws against abortion, but ensured that women had real access to medical services after the law was repealed.
Style icon Iris Apfel rose to international acclaim when her clothes and accessories became the focus of a 2005 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Anna Appel was known for her performance of motherly characters in Yiddish and English roles on stage and screen.
Yael Arad celebrated an unprecedented victory in 1992 when she won the Olympic silver medal for judo, making her the first Israeli Olympic medalist for any sport.
Wildly controversial in her lifetime, Diane Arbus was only fully recognized for her contributions to the art of photography after her death.
As a Sephardic Jew from Argentina, Rita Arditti’s experience as “a minority within a minority” drove her to document another invisible group: the grandmothers of the disappeared children.
Hannah Arendt grappled with the Holocaust throughout her lifetime, creating the concept of “the banality of evil” to understand the widespread complicity in the mass killings.
The first American woman accepted into the groundbreaking cooperative Magnum Photos, Eve Arnold was hailed for both her photojournalism and her more artistic work.
Margaret Gene Arnstein’s belief that nurses should be involved in health policy and research helped transform her profession.
Jeannette Arons served in a variety of roles with the National Council of Jewish Women, from helping juvenile offenders rebuild their lives to helping Jewish immigrants become citizens.
Adrien Arpel started her own business two days out of high school, becoming a leader in the field of cosmetics for her innovations in department store makeovers and her belief that women needed knowledgeable advice tailored to their needs.
Patricia Arquette has navigated a career path from Hollywood to television and back again, culminating in a landslide of awards for her supporting role in 2014’s Boyhood.
Bea Arthur made a career of playing formidable, opinionated women in movies and on television.
Dora Askowith tried to galvanize Jewish students into social activism and leadership by teaching them the history of their faith.
Ellen Auerbach was remarkable both for her avant-garde photography and for her innovative and successful ringl+pit studio where she and fellow artist Grete Stern signed all their work collaboratively.
Beatrice Fox Auerbach ran her family’s department store, G. Fox and Company, for thirty years, introducing innovations to customer service and helping women and minorities climb the corporate ladder.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "People." (Viewed on February 27, 2015) <http://jwa.org/people>.