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Claude-Anne Kirschen Lopez, 1920 - 2012

Claude-Anne Kirschen Lopez was a Jewish refugee and Classics scholar from Belgium who is widely acknowledged as the greatest historian of Benjamin Franklin’s private life.  In a series of biographies and edited volumes of his papers, she re-defined Franklin. She also found time to mentor a generation of Franklin scholars. schoolchildren, Franklin impersonators, performance artists, and amateur historians and enthusiasts. 

Rhoda Kaufman

Rhoda Kaufman helped create social welfare organizations throughout Georgia and overcame prejudice against her religion and gender to become one of the most respected social reformers in the country.

Vera Dean

A scholar of international relations, Vera Dean helped shape American foreign policy through her writing.

Carol Ruth Silver

Carol Ruth Silver was the first white woman to be jailed in the Freedom Rides, an experience that sparked a career in law and politics, fighting for the rights of others.

Rosalie Silberman Abella speaks on "Identity, Diversity, and Human Rights" at Harvard

March 1, 2010

Canada Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella spoke at Harvard University about how her family's Holocaust story informs her view of human rights.

Rhonda Copelon, 1944 - 2010

By Charlotte Bunch

Rhonda Copelon often worked behind the scenes, but her finger prints, or perhaps I should say brain waves, are all over many of the most important breakthroughs in progressive feminist advances both in the United States and globally.

Lenore Pancoe Meyerhoff, 1927 - 1988

"What a rare find is a capable wife! Her worth is far beyond that of rubies." In traditional Jewish homes, the husband often sings "The Woman of Valor," Eyshet Hayil, twenty-two verses from Proverbs 31:10-31, to his wife just before Shabbat Kiddush. Frequently the text of choice for women's eulogies and unveiling ceremonies, it is often scorned by feminists. As a paean to the virtues of wife as tireless, devoted servant, it may ring a bit hollow to our 21st-century ears. Yet, perhaps there's good reason to revisit the text.

Ruth Schachter Morgenthau, 1929 - 2006

Ruth Schachter Morgenthau was a wonderful friend; generous, thoughtful, witty and warm. Her achievements as an educator, an activist, and as a scholar of African politics deeply inspired those around her. After a brave struggle with a long and complicated illness, she died in Boston on November 4, 2006.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reveals her Jewish origins

February 3, 1997

Newly installed U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright revealed the uncovering of her Jewish origins.

Lydia Rapoport

Lydia Rapoport was a social worker, professor, caseworker, and advocate of social change.

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