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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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Tavi Gevinson
Tavi Gevinson

Proving the power of the internet to level the playing field, Tavi Gevinson launched her fashion blog Style Rookie at age eleven and was lauded by Forbes at age fifteen for the massive audience her feminist commentary had garnered.

1996
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Temima Gezari

Temima Gezari made a lasting impact on Jewish education through her vivid artwork and illustrations of children’s books as well as her many years of teaching pedagogy.

December 21, 1905
Pinsk
Russia
Marika Gidali
Marika Gidali

A passionate dancer, Marika Gidali used the more theatrical elements of dance to communicate the history and current struggles of her adopted homeland, Brazil.

April 29, 1937
Budapest
Hungary
Miriam Gideon

Miriam Gideon took inspiration for her compositions from great poetry and Jewish prayers, earning acclaim as the second woman inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1976.

October 23, 1906
Greeley, Colorado
United States
Sheyna Gifford

Sheyna Gifford, the crew doctor for the HI-SEAS simulated Mars mission, intends to become the first Jewish astronaut to set foot on Mars.

1979
St. Louis, Missouri
United States
Gabrielle Giffords
Gabrielle Giffords

A “Blue Dog” (conservative) Democrat with a gift for cultivating friendships and alliances on both sides of the aisle, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fought to recover from a 2011 shooting and became a gun control activist.

June 8, 1970
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Ruth Gikow

Ruth Gikow’s figurative paintings and murals offered her a means to comment on society and urban life.

January 16, 1915
Ukraine
Susan Brandeis Gilbert

The daughter of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Susan Brandeis Gilbert became one of the first women attorneys to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

February 27, 1893
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Melissa Gilbert, 1975
Melissa Gilbert

After a highly successful decade as the lead on Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert defied the odds for child actors by becoming a Hollywood power-broker as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001–2005.

May 8, 1964
Los Angeles, California
United States
Beverly Pepper and Carol Gilligan
Carol Gilligan

Arguing that men and women can have equal rights and still have fundamentally different perspectives, Carol Gilligan founded “difference feminism” and transformed the field of psychology.

November 28, 1936
New York, New York
United States
Blanche Gilman

Blanche Gilman devoted her career to bringing diverse groups together, from her interfaith work to her leadership in the Pro-Falasha (Ethiopian Jewry) Committee.

January 30, 1886
New York, 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
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
Ida Ginsburg

Despite her short life, suffragist Ida Ginsburg made an impact on her community as founding president of the Jewish Women’s Club of Temple Beth El, which became the Detroit chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women.

1865
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
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
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
Gertrude Glogower

As children were evacuated from Germany on Kindertransports in the 1930s, Gertrude Glogower worked to help them build new lives in America.

1884
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
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
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

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