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Organizations and Institutions

Founding of Young Women's Hebrew Association in NY

February 6, 1902

The first independent Young Women's Hebrew Association was founded in New York City.

Creation of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

January 21, 1913

156 women from 52 congregations around the United States met in Cincinnati to create the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.

Creation of Women's League of the United Synagogue

January 21, 1918

Conservative Jewish women united their sisterhood organizations, creating the Women's League of the United Synagogue under the leadership of Mathilde Schechter.

Pioneers convene in St. Louis, forming early Jewish women's literary society

January 25, 1879

Rosa Sonneschein founded the Pioneers, a Jewish women's literary club in St. Louis, Missouri.

Judge Justine Wise Polier retires

February 3, 1973

Judge Justine Wise Polier retired from the New York Family Court, after 38 years spent trying to use the bench to assist children and redress discrimination.

Wall Street pioneer Mickie Siebert rings closing bell of New York Stock Exchange

January 5, 1998

To commemorate her 30 years on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Muriel Siebert rang the closing bell. She was the first woman to own a seat on the NYSE.

Sandra Feldman elected UFT President

January 8, 1986

New York City teachers elected long-time teacher advocate Sandra Feldman president of the city's United Federation of Teachers (UFT).

Swimming at Young Women's Hebrew Association of New York

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The swimming pool of the Young Women's Hebrew Association of New York opened in 1916 and played a major part in promoting sport and physical activities for working girls and women.

Institution: 92nd Street Y, New York

The swimming pool of the Young Women's Hebrew Association of New York opened in 1916 and played a major part in promoting sport and physical activities for working girls and women.

Institution: 92nd Street Y, New York

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Exercise at Young Women's Hebrew Association of New York, 1914

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Reformers believed that women needed physical health to fulfill domestic roles and offset the negative influence of unsanitary urban conditions. Physical exercise was the answer, as demonstrated by this 1914 photograph of an exercise class at the Young Women's Hebrew Association in New York City.

Institution: 92nd Street Y, New York

Reformers believed that women needed physical health to fulfill domestic roles and offset the negative influence of unsanitary urban conditions. Physical exercise was the answer, as demonstrated by this 1914 photograph of an exercise class at the Young Women's Hebrew Association in New York City.

Institution: 92nd Street Y, New York

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A Woman Reading the Torah at the 2003 Hillel Conference

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Beginning in the 1980s, universities became an important setting for the advancement of gender equality in Jewish religious life. This woman is reading the Torah at the 2003 Hillel Conference.

Institution: Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

Beginning in the 1980s, universities became an important setting for the advancement of gender equality in Jewish religious life. This woman is reading the Torah at the 2003 Hillel Conference.

Institution: Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

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