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Amanda Simspon became first transgender presidential appointee

December 31, 2009

Amanda Simpson, appointed by President Obama to the Department of Commerce, is believed to be the first transgender presidential appointee.

Anne Wexler, 1930 - 2009

Anne Wexler, who died on August 7, 2009, at the age of 79, was at once a Washington insider, a respected political operator, and a pioneer for women's leadership.

Miriam Friedlander, 1914 - 2009

My mother's parents emigrated around 1900 from the Jewish Pale of what is now Belarus and settled in Pittsburgh, PA. Her father David Sigel (Sigelovytch) was an office worker, insurance salesman, and political activist in the immigrant foreign language clubs. Her mother Hannah Lipman (Goldotsky) was fluent in Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. She was active in the clubs and worked as a secretary and translator.

In 1919, the family moved to New York where mom graduated from Evander Childs High School in 1931 and New York University College of Education in 1935.

Ruth Segel, 1913 - 2007

When the twins, the last of her five children, entered high school, Ruth Segel went back to school, too.

No one would have begrudged it if Mrs. Segel, who was in her mid-50s, had wanted to kick back and add a few afternoons to her bridge games with friends. But she chose to become a reading teacher for children with developmental disabilities.

"She said she knew how to teach kids to read because she had had five kids of her own and had taught them, with me mostly on a rocking chair because I wouldn't sit still," said her son, Arthur of Brookline.

Mollie Orshansky, 1915 - 2006

Mollie Orshansky was my good friend and esteemed colleague at the Social Security Administration where we both worked. Over the course of her long life – she lived until the age of 91 – Mollie was very smart, independent, and a hardworking government employee. She was called Miss Poverty because she developed the poverty index widely used by the Federal government as a basis for benefit programs involving low income individuals and families.

A night to honor Hannah Block

November 8, 2010

Jazz singer and WWII USO champion Hannah Block is awarded North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Civil Rights and Social Justice Today

Consider what contemporary civil rights and social justice issues matter to us today, and how Jews and African Americans determine their priorities and responsibilities to effect social change.

Mazel tov, Chai Feldblum

On Monday, President Obama announced his nomination for Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and I couldn't be happier about his pick: Chai Feldblum, Professor of Law at Georgetown, who also happens to be an out Jewish lesbian.

Elena Kagan confirmed by U.S. Senate as first woman Solicitor General of the United States

March 19, 2009

The U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the first woman Solicitor General of the United States.

'Feisty, Jewish grandmother' to run for Lieutenant Governor of NJ

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (Dem) has picked Loretta Weinberg to be his running mate for lieutenant governor.  The JTA reports that this "marks the first time a Jewish woman is running for state-wide office in New Jersey."

The JTA article does not paint a pretty picture of the history of women in New Jersey politics.

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