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Stephanie Pollack

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Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Courtesy of Northeastern University

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Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Courtesy of Northeastern University

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Rose Rosenberg: A Young Jewish Woman Behind the Scenes of No.10 Downing Street

Rose Rosenberg represents so many women whose names are lost to history because they worked in supportive and administrative roles rather than in the limelight, but who, in pursing work in male-dominated environments, paved the way for women to have leadership roles today. Her story gives us a richer sense of what women have done in behind-the-scenes roles and how that fits into the narratives of history’s “great men.”

Elizabeth Holtzman

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Lawyer and politician Elizabeth Holtzman.

Courtesy of The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Lawyer and politician Elizabeth Holtzman.

Courtesy of The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Käte Rosenheim

As the tireless head of the Department of Children’s Emigration in the Reich Association of Jews in Germany, Käte Rosenheim managed to save over seven thousand Jewish children from the Nazis.

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.

Fredrica Wechsler, 1929 - 2014

My mother was a remarkable woman.   She grew up at 71 Ocean Parkway, an only child, with my beloved Grandma Rebecca and Grandpa Joe and although she nearly flunked math at Erasmus High in Brooklyn, she went on to become the night editor at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Daily after convincing her parents that she wanted to go all the way to the Midwest for college. After all, once my grandparents had arrived from Poland and Finland respectively in the earlier part of the twentieth century, why did she need to go so far away?

Elinor Morgenthau

Elinor Morgenthau’s greatest accomplishments were largely invisible, as she helped her husband, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., rise to great heights in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration.

Shulamit Aloni, 1928 - 2014

When Shulamit Aloni, one of Israel’s first feminist leaders, presented a bill protecting women from domestic violence, some of her male fellow MKs mocked her. “Go back to the kitchen and get me a cup of coffee,” some of the men said, laughing, as they dismissed the seriousness of her work.

Shulamit Aloni, circa 1940s

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Politican and Israeli feminist activist Shulamit Aloni in the 1940s.
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Politican and Israeli feminist activist Shulamit Aloni in the 1940s.

Courtesy of Udi Aloni and Wikimedia Commons

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Shulamit Aloni

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Politician and Israeli feminist activist Shulamit Aloni.
Courtesy of Udi Aloni and Wikimedia Commons
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Politician and Israeli feminist activist Shulamit Aloni.

Courtesy of Udi Aloni and Wikimedia Commons

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