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Politics and Government

Edna Goldsmith

The granddaughter of one of the pioneers of Cleveland, Edna Goldsmith devoted her career to creating and leading Jewish women’s organizations within her home state of Ohio.

Pauline Goldmark

Pauline Goldmark’s talents as a researcher made her indispensable to labor rights initiatives, from investigating the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to helping lead Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

Lee Weiss Frank

After WWII, Lee Weiss Frank used her position as a reporter for the Philadelphia Ledger to speak out in favor of creating a Jewish state in Israel.

Magdalen Flexner

Magdalen Flexner worked as an American ambassador in Europe, serving for decades as consul general in France at a time when women were rarely given such responsibility.

Edith Fisch

Edith Fisch literally wrote the book on evidence, a text regularly cited by judges and used in law schools throughout New York. Confined to a wheelchair by a childhood bout of polio, Fisch hit a literal roadblock in her ambitions to become a chemist: all the available graduate schools had stairs.

Susan Brandeis Gilbert

The daughter of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Susan Brandeis Gilbert became one of the first women attorneys to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

Mary Fels

Mary Fels used her wealth and her talents as a writer and editor to further the Zionist cause, arguing passionately for a Jewish state and helping create both settlements and industry in Israel.

Sara Rivka Feder-Keyfitz

A childhood friend of Golda Meir, Sara Feder-Keyfitz grew up to be a significant Zionist and feminist leader in her own right.

Sara N. Evans

Sara Nachamson Evans led the Jewish community of Durham both directly, as president of Hadassah, and by example, rescuing Jews from the Holocaust.

Judith G. Epstein

Judith G. Epstein led Hadassah through the tumultuous years of WWII, shifting its mission from building infrastructure in Palestine to establishing an internationally recognized Jewish state.

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