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Civil Service

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?

Fredrica and Burton Wechsler, 1998

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Fredrica and Burton Wechsler dancing together in 1998.

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Fredrica and Burton Wechsler dancing together in 1998.

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Fredrica Wechsler, 1990

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Fredrica Wechsler, curator of arts and music of the National Academy of Sciences, in 1990.

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Fredrica Wechsler, curator of arts and music of the National Academy of Sciences, in 1990.

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Letter to the Editor by Fredrica Wechsler, 1973

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A 1973 letter to the editor from Fredrica Wechsler, pointing out the inherent sexism in their "Working Girl of the Month" feature.

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A 1973 letter to the editor from Fredrica Wechsler, pointing out the inherent sexism in their "Working Girl of the Month" feature.

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Fredrica Wechsler, 1949

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Fredrica Wechsler as night editor of the Michigan Daily in 1949.

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Fredrica Wechsler as night editor of the Michigan Daily in 1949.

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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.

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Shulamit Aloni

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Politician and Israeli feminist activist Shulamit Aloni.
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Politician and Israeli feminist activist Shulamit Aloni.

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