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Profiles

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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg brought landmark cases for gender and racial equality before the Supreme Court, transforming the American legal landscape even before her historic appointment as the second-ever female Supreme Court justice.

March 15, 1933
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Mirra Ginsburg
Mirra Ginsburg

Through her deft translations of Eastern European folk tales, Mirra Ginsburg offered children a window into worlds many of them had never before experienced.

June 10, 1909
Bobruysk
Belarus
Girls Scouts Chapter of Congregation B'nai David, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1945
Adele Ginzberg

Known as “Mama G.” and “Mrs. Seminary,” Adele Ginzberg helped her husband, Louis Ginzberg, create a warm atmosphere at the Jewish Theological Seminary and helped lay the groundwork for women’s greater inclusion in Conservative Judaism.

May 11, 1886
Frankfurt-am-Main
Germany
Ethel Gladstone
Ethel Gladstone

Ethel Gladstone only joined the US Army Nurse Corps at the tail end of World War I, but her service record shows how long a war’s impact can be felt after its official end.

September 21, 1893
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Elizabeth Glaser
Elizabeth Glaser

Elizabeth Glaser’s fight to save her HIV-positive children led to her creation of the Pediatric AIDS Foundation to save children worldwide from the devastation of AIDS.

November 11, 1947
Ilana Glazer
Ilana Glazer

Ilana Glazer defied the odds for young female comedians by co-creating the popular and critical hit sitcom Broad City with Abbi Jacobson.

April 12, 1987
Nora Glickman
Nora Glickman

Nora Glickman’s writing and translation captures the experience of straddling multiple worlds, exploring Jewish communities in Latin America and Latin American communities in the US.

July 23, 1944
Bernasconi
Argentina
Miriam Glickman, cropped
Miriam Cohen Glickman

One of the first white women to do field work for the civil rights movement in the South, Miriam Cohen Glickman was assumed to be black by the locals, who called her “bright,” a word for light-skinned African Americans.

1942
Indiana
United States
Alma Gluck
Alma Gluck

Alma Gluck began her career as an opera singer, but it was her love of American folk songs that made her a bestselling musical artist.

May 11, 1884
Romania
Eleanor Glueck

Eleanor Glueck and her husband Sheldon did massive statistical modeling and follow-up studies to uncover the roots of criminal behavior, revolutionizing the field of criminology.

April 12, 1898
New York, New York
United States
Miri Gold
Miri Gold

In a landmark case in 2012, Miri Gold became the first non-Orthodox rabbi to have her salary paid by the Israeli government.

Detroit, Michigan
United States
Doris Bauman Gold, 2002
Doris Bauman Gold

Doris Bauman Gold founded Biblio Press to offer Jewish women a better sense of their history and to create a venue for authors of new feminist rituals and prayers.

November 21, 1919
New York, New York
United States
Judy Gold cropped
Judy Gold

Standup comedian Judy Gold won two Daytime Emmys for her work writing and producing the Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1998 and 1999.

November 15, 1962
Newark, New Jersey
United States
Esther Schiff Goldfrank

Although she never earned a degree in anthropology or taught a class, Esther Schiff Goldfrank made significant contributions to the field through her studies of communities as disparate as Pueblo Indians and New Yorkers.

May 5, 1896
New York, New York
United States
Gertrude Goldhaber
Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber

During a career limited time and again by her gender, her religion, and her marital status, physicist Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber helped ensure other women scientists would not face the same hurdles.

July 14, 1911
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg
Germany
Sulamith Goldhaber, October 18, 1963
Sulamith Goldhaber

Sulamith Löw Goldhaber’s pioneering work with particle accelerators put her at the forefront of a seismic shift in the research of particle physics.

November 4, 1923
Vienna
Austria
Nan Goldin
Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin has used her photography to honor both the courage and the gritty reality of subjects ranging from drag queens to new parents.

September 12, 1953
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Emma Goldman, circa the early 1900s
Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman’s controversial beliefs made her many powerful enemies, but their attempts to silence her ironically led to greater protections of free speech in America.

June 27, 1869
Kovno, Kaunas
Lithuania
Hetty Goldman
Hetty Goldman

Working in Greece and Turkey despite the chaos of war, Hetty Goldman patiently uncovered subtle clues to daily life in ancient villages.

December 19, 1881
New York, New York
United States
Josephine Clara Goldmark
Josephine Clara Goldmark

Josephine Goldmark laid the groundwork for transforming American labor laws by amassing data that forced lawmakers to confront the painful realities of factory work.

October 13, 1877
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Pauline Goldmark

Pauline Goldmark’s talents as a researcher made her indispensable to labor rights initiatives, from investigating the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to helping lead Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

February 21, 1874
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Edna Goldsmith

The granddaughter of one of the pioneers of Cleveland, Edna Goldsmith devoted her career to creating and leading Jewish women’s organizations within her home state of Ohio.

December 14, 1874
Springfield, Ohio
United States
Luba Robin Goldsmith

A respected doctor and teacher of medicine, Luba Robin Goldsmith created a supportive environment for women who followed her into medicine.

January 17, 1879
Uman
Ukraine
Elyse Goldstein
Elyse Goldstein

One of the first women rabbis in Canada, Elyse Goldstein was the first female president of either the interdenominational Toronto Board of Rabbis or Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto.

1955
Scranton, Pennsylvania
United States
Fanny Goldstein
Fanny Goldstein

Fanny Goldstein’s belief in the importance of ethnic and immigrant pride led to her creation of National Jewish Book Week.

May 15, 1895
Kamenets-Podolsk
Russia

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