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Barbies Are For Boys Too

Beatrice Alexander was a Jewish entrepreneur in the early 20th century. She was raised in New York’s Lower East Side in extreme poverty, but eventually became the founder of the widely successful Alexander Doll Company. 

Madame Alexander Doll

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Madame Alexander's Wendy doll, from the 2004 Total Moves collection
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Madame Alexander's Wendy doll, from the 2004 Total Moves collection

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Social Entrepreneurship: When the Political Becomes Personal

The Jewish Women’s Archive and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York are joining together to honor JWFNY’s fourteen Isha Koach honorees for this year. Each of these social entrepreneurs were shaped by experiences where abstract social or environmental problems suddenly became very concrete.

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Volunteer hands.
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Volunteer hands.

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Catherine Lieber Shimony

From American Jewish World Service to Global Goods Partners, Catherine Lieber Shimony has dedicated her career to international development, helping women across the globe develop the skills they need to better support their families and lead their communities.

Catherine Lieber Shimony

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Catherine Lieber Shimony.

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Catherine Lieber Shimony.

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Nicolette Mason, Fashion and Style Icon

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Nicolette Mason is a successful fashion and style blogger, contributing editor of Marie Claire, freelance consultant, and spokesperson for LGBTQIA rights and plus-sized fashion, based out of New York City and Los Angeles.
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Nicolette Mason is a successful fashion and style blogger, contributing editor of Marie Claire, freelance consultant, and spokesperson for LGBTQIA rights and plus-sized fashion, based out of New York City and Los Angeles.
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Lena (Lane) Bryant Maslin

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Lena (Lane) Bryant Maslin.
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Lena (Lane) Bryant Maslin.

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Jean Nidetch, Diet Queen

Every woman in my family has been on a diet for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of family parties: everyone surrounded by lovingly prepared dishes, saying “oh god, I shouldn’t eat this” and “I’m not eating carbs right now” as they piled their plates with lasagna and bread. That was the deal: diets weren’t really adhered to, but they were talked about incessantly.

Jean Nidetch circa 1965

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Founder and director of Weight Watchers Inc. Jean Nidetch poses for a before and after portrait circa 1965 in New York City, New York.
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Founder and director of Weight Watchers Inc. Jean Nidetch poses for a before and after portrait circa 1965 in New York City, New York.

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