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Entrepreneurs

Estelle Joan Sommers takes over Capezio

June 1, 1964

Estelle Joan Sommers, dancewear manufacturer and philanthropist, made headlines when she took over her husband's Capezio shop.

"New York Times" profiles entrepreneur Lillian Vernon

April 26, 1978

Entrepreneur Lillian Vernon was profiled in the "New York Times" as the "first lady of mail order catalogues."

Frieda Caplan founds innovative specialty produce company

April 2, 1962

Frieda Caplan opened her specialty produce company, Frieda's Inc., which has introduced a wide array of exotic produce to the American market.

Ruth Mosko Handler unveils Barbie Doll

March 9, 1959

Ruth Mosko Handler unveiled the Barbie Doll at the International American Toy Fair in New York.

Brothel-keeper Polly Adler jailed

March 5, 1935

Polly Adler, one of America's best-known madams, was jailed after a police raid on her Saratoga Springs brothel.

Birth of Ida Cohen Rosenthal, co-founder of Maidenform

January 9, 1886

Ida Cohen Rosenthal, co-founder of Maidenform, the first company to make modern bras, was born in Tsarist Russia.

Spain

Written histories of the Jews in Spain have rarely included women. When dealing with Jewish women in Spain, the available sources range from poems, letters, and rabbinic literature to Latinate wills, court records and Inquisition documents.

Ida Cohen Rosenthal

Ida Cohen Rosenthal, in partnership with her husband, not only reinvented the modern bra, but launched the company that became the world’s largest bra manufacturer.

Rosanna Dyer Osterman

Rosanna Dyer Osterman was instrumental in the founding of the first Jewish community in Texas. She brought the first rabbi to Texas in 1852 to consecrate the state’s first Jewish cemetery, and the first-known Jewish service in the state was held at the home of her brother Isadore Dyer in 1856.

Florence Zacks Melton

Philanthropist and visionary innovator, a lay leader for over fifty years, Florence Zacks Melton has helped build institutions that have improved the quality and broadened the scope of Jewish education throughout North America.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Entrepreneurs." (Viewed on November 22, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/entrepreneurs>.

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