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People

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Blau, Marietta - still image [media]
Marietta Blau

Marietta Blau’s innovations in photographic emulsion allowed scientists to track particles that they had previously only guessed existed.

April 29, 1894
Vienna
Austria
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Henrietta Blaustein

Through her generosity, Henrietta Blaustein created and sustained a foundation, a hospital’s maternity center, and dozens of other charitable initiatives and organizations.

January 16, 1871
Riga
Latvia
Matilda and Bernice Blaustein
Matilda and Bernice Blaustein

While 150,000 women eventually served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in World War II, Matilda Blaustein was remarkable both as one of the first to volunteer and because she was joined in the service by her daughter, Bernice.

Miranda Bloch

Miranda “Randy” Bloch not only served as a Marine during World War II, she was one of the rare women Marines to be issued flight orders, helping pilots and air crew train for radar bombing runs.

June 26, 1922
Jerusalem
Israel
Blanche Bloch
Blanche Bloch

Blanche Bloch helped open new opportunities for women in music as both a founding member and conductor of the New York Women’s Orchestra.

December 20, 1890
New York, New York
United States
Gay Block
Gay Block

Gay Block’s photography allowed her to explore surprising facets of her subjects, from girls at summer camp to Holocaust survivors to her own mother.

1942
Houston, Texas
United States
Anita Block

As editor of the women’s page of the New York Call, one of America’s first socialist newspapers, Anita Block ensured the section covered subjects of real social and political interest to women, commenting, “It was probably the only women’s page which never printed a recipe or a fashion note.”

August 22, 1882
New York, New York
United States
Hadassah Blocker
Hadassah Blocker

The first woman in her synagogue to chant Haftorah, Hadassah Blocker taught hundreds of women to take part in the Torah service.

1914
Roxbury, Massachusetts
United States
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Joan Blondell

Known for playing character roles as a wisecracking, working-class girl, Joan Blondell performed in movies, television, and on stage from age one until her death.

August 30, 1906
New York, New York
United States
Helen Abrahams Blum

Helen Abrahams Blum earned a reputation as a talented painter before discovering a passion for all aspects of theater, from set design to directing.

August 17, 1886
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
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Judy Blume

Judy Blume’s books, known for their humor and their honest portrayal of the pains of adolescence, have shaped generations of young girls.

February 12, 1938
Elizabeth, New Jersey
United States
Florence Meyer Blumenthal
Florence Meyer Blumenthal

Florence Meyer Blumenthal created an arts foundation that funded hundreds of promising artists and allowed them to focus on pursuing their craft.

1875
Los Angeles, California
United States
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Claire Bodner

Despite having almost no training in either fashion or business, Claire Bodner ran a successful fashion design company that was featured in the top magazines and stores in the country.

1903
Frysztak, Galicia
Poland
Heather Booth
Heather Booth

Heather Booth helped transform the American political landscape from her early involvement in both civil rights and abortion rights through her campaign for marriage equality.

1945
New Jersey
United States
Madeline Borg

Madeline Borg dedicated her career to giving children second chances—through studying juvenile delinquency, working with child welfare and probation associations, and by founding the Big Sister movement.

July 31, 1878
New York, New York
United States
Anna Pavitt Boudin

Anna Pavitt Boudin defied expectations throughout her career, both as one of the first women dentists in America and as the founder and president of the Women’s American ORT, one of the largest Jewish women’s organizations in America.

July 15, 1883
Mariampol
Poland
Jane Bowles

Admired for her darkly comic wit by writers like Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and John Ashbery, Jane Bowles became the center of an avant-garde circle in Morocco.

February 22, 1917
New York, New York
United States
Barbara Boxer - US Senator
Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer earned a reputation as a powerful voice for liberal causes by leading the charge on issues like sexual harassment, the Iraq War, and marriage equality.

November 11, 1940
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Esther Brandeau

The first Jew known to set foot on Canadian soil, Esther Brandeau disguised herself as a boy to gain freedom and independence.

1718
La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime (17)
France
Alice Goldmark Brandeis

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Alice Goldmark Brandeis used her position to advocate for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, child protection, and Zionist causes.

1866
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Madeleine Brandeis
Madeline Brandeis

In her novels and movies, Madeline Brandeis offered children windows into a multitude of other cultures.

December 18, 1897
San Francisco, California
United States
Renee Brant
Renee Brant

As a founding member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Renee Brant became a voice for those who could not speak for themselves.

1946
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
Sophie Braslau

An extraordinary contralto, Sophie Braslau debuted at the Metropolitan Opera at age eleven.

August 16, 1902
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Light Braun

Ruth Light Braun captured the lived experience of Jews in New York and Palestine through her artwork in charcoal and conte crayon.

1906
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Susan Braun
Susan Braun

Susan Braun preserved what were thought to be inherently fleeting experiences when, in 1956, she founded Dance Films Association to support, promote, and archive films of dance performances.

July 24, 1916
New York, New York
United States

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