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Jean Rosenthal

Jean Rosenthal was a pioneer in theater lighting design, finding new aesthetics for dance performances, theater productions, and even airports.

Hadassah Rosensaft

Showing incredible courage and ingenuity, Hadassah Bimko Rosensaft saved countless lives in the concentration camps and helped survivors recover from their ordeal.

Gertrude Rosenblatt

Gertrude Rosenblatt earned praise for the many ways she helped build the State of Israel, from her role as one of the first directors of Hadassah to her direct service for the needy in the land itself.

Esther Rome

A co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves, Esther Rome not only educated women about their health but led the fight for public awareness of the dangers of products ranging from tampons to breast implants.

Lillian Rock

Lillian Rock fought for the advancement of women both as a lawyer and as the founder of the League for a Woman President and Vice President.

Freda Resnikoff

Freda Resnikoff helped found the group that would become Mizrachi Women (later called AMIT) and set an example of leadership for generations of women in her family.

Bertha Floersheim Rauh

A social reformer ahead of her time, Bertha Floersheim Rauh initiated dozens of vital services and completely overhauled Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Welfare.

Adrienne Cooper

Adrienne Cooper played a critical role in the revival of Yiddish music as founder of the Yiddish Folk Arts Program (KlezKamp), a group that brought together musicians, linguists, and anthropologists to recover the tradition of Klezmer.

Ethel Stark

As founder of the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra, Ethel Stark broke down barriers, becoming the first woman to conduct an orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 1947 and welcoming Violet Grant States as the first black woman member of a Canadian symphony orchestra.

Lydia Rapoport

Lydia Rapoport’s contributions to crisis theory transformed how social workers and therapists handle crisis intervention.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Founder." (Viewed on November 28, 2015) <>.


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