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Civil Service

Women's History Month Podcast Feature #3

The third and final feature in JWA’s Women’s History Month podcast series, Jewish Women and Political Leadership, is now live! Listen to four political activists reflect on their journeys in shaking up the political “boy’s club” and tipping the gender scales -- from confronting miniscule quotas for women in law school, to pushing women’s health legislation in Congress, to becoming the first Jewish woman elected to the Maryland State Senate.

Battling breast cancer on Capitol Hill

Until this week, I knew of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla) as a fellow Jewess with Attitude who had campaigned tirelessly for the creation of Jewish American Heritage Month and effectively raised funds for the Democratic Party. Now I know that she is also part of a sisterhood of Jewish breast cancer survivors and activists.

Lillian D. Wald

Lillian Wald began her work in 1893, when she discovered the need for health care among New York’s largely Jewish immigrant population. Her solution to this problem, in the form of public health nursing—a term she coined—served only as the beginning of her life’s work, which was dedicated to providing health care, education and social services to the poor and immigrant members of her Henry Street Settlement, and beyond.

Helen Suzman

Helen Suzman's courage, dedication and great ability in the parliamentary opposition to apartheid won her worldwide recognition.

Annette Greenfield Strauss

Annette Greenfield Strauss made history in the spring of 1987 when she was elected as the first female and first Jewish mayor of Dallas.

Frances Stern

Frances Stern’s experience as a second-generation American Jew dedicated to social reform, interested in education, and having the good fortune to come into contact with several prominent women engaged in various aspects of social work led her to a career in scientific nutrition, applied dietetics, and home economics.

Flora Langerman Spiegelberg

A native of America, yet educated in Europe, Spiegelberg was a nineteenth-century settler of New Mexico and a twentieth-century progressive reformer in New York City.

Caroline Klein Simon

Attorney Caroline Klein Simon’s long career included state office and judicial posts and lifelong efforts in partisan and nonpartisan politics and Jewish philanthropy.

Rose Schneiderman

For nearly half a century, Rose Schneiderman worked tirelessly to improve wages, hours, and safety standards for American working women.

Anna Lederer Rosenberg

The first woman to serve as assistant secretary of defense, Anna Lederer Rosenberg achieved distinction in government and business.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Civil Service." (Viewed on November 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/civil-service>.

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