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Civil Rights

Shelley Winters

An actress who cared deeply about the world, Shelley Winters donated the Oscar she won for her role as Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank to Otto Frank.

Helen Suzman

As the lone member of the Progressive Party for thirteen years of her 36-year career in the South African parliament, Helen Suzman questioned the apartheid government and served as an important ally of Nelson Mandela.

June Finer, Selma, 1965, cropped

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Dr. June Finer in Selma, 1965.
Courtesy of Matt Heron/TAKE STOCK.

Dr. June Finer in Selma, 1965.

Courtesy of Matt Heron/TAKE STOCK.

Sandra Feldman, Cropped

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Sandra Feldman became the first woman president of New York City’s Union Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) . Photograph by Jon Richard Fleming.
Courtesy of New York State United Teachers, NYSUT: A Union of Professionals

Sandra Feldman became the first woman president of New York City’s Union Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) . Photograph by Jon Richard Fleming.
Courtesy of New York State United Teachers, NYSUT: A Union of Professionals

Dorothy Miller Zellner

As co-editor of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s newsletter, the Student Voice, Dorothy Miller Zellner helped craft the organization’s message and report on stories suppressed by the mainstream media.

Harriet Tanzman

Harriet Tanzman has become a chronicler of the civil rights movement, creating new entry points into civil rights history.

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.

Debra L. Schultz

Debra Schultz served as an advisor to the Jewish Women’s Archive in creating the Living the Legacy curriculum based on research she had done on the history of Jewish women in the civil rights movement.

Vivan Leburg Rothstein

Vivian Leburg Rothstein’s early experiences fighting for civil rights led her to a long career advocating for peace, women’s rights, and the labor movement.

Trudy Orris

Shaped by her experiences in post-Holocaust Europe and older than most civil rights volunteers, Trudy Orris brought her children with her to participate in demonstrations down South.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Civil Rights." (Viewed on February 11, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/civil-rights>.

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