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Judith Rosenbaum on the Founding of NOW

This Week in History: On June 30, 1966, the foundations of the National Organization for Women were laid at a meeting in Betty Friedan's hotel room. Judith Rosenbaum discusses some striking and surprising details of this groundbreaking meeting.
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This Week in History: On June 30, 1966, the foundations of the National Organization for Women were laid at a meeting in Betty Friedan's hotel room. Judith Rosenbaum discusses some striking and surprising details of this groundbreaking meeting.

Ida Dehmel

Deeply enmeshed in German cultural life as a writer, salon hostess, and women’s rights activist, Ida Coblenz Dehmel found herself squeezed out of the very communities she had helped shape when the Nazis came to power.

Ida Dehmel

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Ida Dehmel.
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Ida Dehmel.

Courtesy of Jacob Hilsdorf/Wikimedia Commons.

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Florence Schornstein Discusses Having a Better Attitude Post-Hurricane Katrina

While Katrina was devastating to New Orleans, Florence Schornstein holds on to the hope that the disaster can galvanize the community to fight for change.

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While Katrina was devastating to New Orleans, Florence Schornstein holds on to the hope that the disaster can galvanize the community to fight for change.

Judith Rosenbaum on Barbara Dobkin's Honorary Degree

On May 5, 2011, Barbara Dobkin received an honorary degree from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Judith Rosenbaum discusses the impact Barbara Dobkin has had on the Jewish Women's Archive and the Jewish feminist community.
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On May 5, 2011, Barbara Dobkin received an honorary degree from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Judith Rosenbaum discusses the impact Barbara Dobkin has had on the Jewish Women's Archive and the Jewish feminist community.

Shirley Siegel

The only woman in the Yale Law School class of 1941, Shirley Adelson Siegel became a trailblazer as head of the New York State Attorney’s first Civil Rights Bureau in 1959.

Shirley Siegel, 2015

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Groundbreaking civil rights lawyer Shirley Siegel with her daughter Ann Siegel in 2015.
Courtesy of Eric Siegel
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Groundbreaking civil rights lawyer Shirley Siegel with her daughter Ann Siegel in 2015.

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Naomi Weisstein, 1974

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Naomi Weisstein in 1974.
Photograph courtesy of Virginia Blaisdell.
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Naomi Weisstein in 1974.

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Naomi Weisstein, 1939 - 2015

“Papa don’t lay that shit on me, I ain’t your groovy chick.
Papa don’t lay that shit on me, it’s just about to make me sick.”

—Naomi Weisstein in the Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band

Naomi Weisstein was a fierce warrior for justice. She was a passionate disrupter of the existing order. She was a brilliant scientist. She was a fighter for women’s liberation. She was hysterically funny. She had biting insights. She was my beloved friend.

Hemdah Ben-Yehuda

Hemdah Ben-Yehuda collaborated with her husband, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, to revive ancient Hebrew and make it a truly functional living language.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women's Rights." (Viewed on May 5, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/womens-rights>.

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