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Women's Rights

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.

Blanche Goldman Etra

An Orthodox Jew whose family protested her attending college, Blanche Goldman Etra opened doors to independence and education for other Jewish women by founding women’s divisions of medical schools and women’s seminars on financial planning.

Andrea Dworkin

A lightning rod for controversy, Andrea Dworkin denounced violence against women, advocated women’s self-defense, and drafted groundbreaking legislation claiming that pornography violated women’s civil rights.

Naomi Deutsch

A leader in the field of public health nursing, Naomi Deutch spearheaded health and sanitation campaigns in the US, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Frances Allen de Ford

Doctor Frances Allen de Ford pioneered hygiene initiatives in the malaria-ridden, working-class Kensington district of Philadelphia.

Rita Charmatz Davidson

Rita Charmatz Davidson’s career in the Maryland court system was a series of firsts, leading to her 1979 appointment as the first woman on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest judicial body in the state.

Ray Karchmer Daily

Ophthalmologist Ray Karchmer Daily fought to eliminate the subtle barriers that kept others from succeeding, arguing for dormitories for female medical students and free school lunches for needy children.

Rose Laub Coser

Sociologist Rose Laub Coser redefined major concepts in role theory—the idea that our actions are largely dictated by our roles in society—and applied them to expectations of women’s roles in the family and the workplace.

Felice Cohn

Felice Cohn was one of Nevada’s first women lawyers and the fourth woman permitted to argue before the US Supreme Court.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women's Rights." (Viewed on October 2, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/womens-rights>.

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