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.
Journalist Ruth Bondy made larger events more relatable for readers through her insightful human interest stories.
By studying both isolated and mixed populations in Israel, Batsheva Bonne-Tamir uncovered the genetic histories and relationships between long-separated communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first Jew known to set foot on Canadian soil, Esther Brandeau disguised herself as a boy to gain freedom and independence.
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.
In her novels and movies, Madeline Brandeis offered children windows into a multitude of other cultures.
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.
An extraordinary contralto, Sophie Braslau debuted at the Metropolitan Opera at age eleven.
Ruth Light Braun captured the lived experience of Jews in New York and Palestine through her artwork in charcoal and conte crayon.
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.
When the hospital tending Lainie Breaux’s newborn son temporarily lost contact with her during Hurricane Katrina, Breaux used her fifteen minutes of fame to call attention to the plight of others devastated by the hurricane.
Elsie Oschrin Bregman’s pioneering research studies on vastly different populations, from saleswomen to army recruits, changed how psychologists measured intelligence.
As president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Rose Brenner focused on inclusion of people who were often marginalized—the deaf, the blind, and those isolated in rural areas.
As a political philosopher, Marla Brettschneider examined issues of feminist, queer, class-based, and Jewish political theory and activism.
The original funny girl, Fanny Brice earned a reputation as a vaudeville star before creating some of her best-loved comedic personae for radio.
As the first woman magistrate in Brooklyn and the second woman magistrate in New York, Jeanette Goodman Brill believed women had an aptitude and responsibility to judge cases involving women and children.
Ruth F. Brin helped transform modern prayer with her evocative writing, translation, and poetry.
Fanny Fligelman Brin used her position as president of the National Council of Jewish Women to mobilize support for international peace efforts throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
Ruth Hagy Brod’s varied career as a journalist, documentary filmmaker and literary agent made her the ideal publicity director for Job Orientation In the Neighborhoods, helping high school dropouts train for careers.
May Brodbeck’s career in the sciences ran the gamut from teaching high school chemistry to exploring fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of human consciousness.
Born to Jewish refugees in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, Suzanne Brogger made her family’s story the heart of her powerful novels and essays.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on July 4, 2015) <http://jwa.org/people>.