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Why Don’t I Know More About Bella Abzug?

Among the many treats in Gloria Steinem’s new memoir My Life on the Road are the bevy of stories starring women who appear on jwa.org: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Gerda Lerner, Betty Friedan, and even Emma Goldman earned mentions. But as I read Steinem’s book, one name made more appearances than the rest: Bella Abzug.

Tamar Eshel

A lifelong diplomat with a strong record of defending women’s rights and human rights, Tamar Eshel capped her career with two terms as a member of the Knesset from 1977–1984.

Ruth Dreifuss

In Switzerland, where women did not get the right to vote until 1971, Ruth Dreifuss made history when she became the country’s first woman president in 1999.

This Women’s Equality Day, Let’s Celebrate the Women Who Got Us Here

As we approach yet another election year, American voters may be drawing nearer to an enormous landmark: electing a woman president. With Hillary Rodham Clinton polling as the top Democratic contender, it’s never felt more possible.

Taxation Postcard from the Ann Lewis Collection

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A taxation postcard from the Ann Lewis Collection. The postcard reads "Think It Over. An ounce of persuasion precedes a pound of coercion. The Declaration of Independence was the direct result of taxation without representation. Either exempt WOMAN from taxation or grant her the right of Equal Suffrage. "What is sauce for the GANDER is sauce for the Goose.""

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A taxation postcard from the Ann Lewis Collection. The postcard reads "Think It Over. An ounce of persuasion precedes a pound of coercion. The Declaration of Independence was the direct result of taxation without representation. Either exempt WOMAN from taxation or grant her the right of Equal Suffrage. "What is sauce for the GANDER is sauce for the Goose.""

"Votes for Women" Parrot Pin from the Ann Lewis Collection

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A "Votes for Women" parrot pin from the Ann Lewis Collection.

A "Votes for Women" parrot pin from the Ann Lewis Collection.

Ann Lewis

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Ann Lewis.

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Ann Lewis.

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An Anti-Suffrage Button from the Ann Lewis Collection

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An anti-suffrage button from the Ann Lewis Collection. The button reads "Vote no on women's suffrage."

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An anti-suffrage button from the Ann Lewis Collection. The button reads "Vote no on women's suffrage."

Ruby Daniel

Ruby Daniel’s memoir of her life in India revealed not only the rich culture of her childhood but also her experiences as a Jewish woman in the Indian Navy, serving alongside Muslim and Hindu men.

Amanda Simpson

A skilled pilot and aeronautics engineer, Amanda Simpson made history in 2010 when she became the first openly transgender presidential appointee, as senior technical advisor to the Bureau of Industry and Security.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Civil Service." (Viewed on February 8, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/civil-service>.

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