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Women's Rights

Fredrica Wechsler, 1929 - 2014

My mother was a remarkable woman.   She grew up at 71 Ocean Parkway, an only child, with my beloved Grandma Rebecca and Grandpa Joe and although she nearly flunked math at Erasmus High in Brooklyn, she went on to become the night editor at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Daily after convincing her parents that she wanted to go all the way to the Midwest for college. After all, once my grandparents had arrived from Poland and Finland respectively in the earlier part of the twentieth century, why did she need to go so far away?

Fredrica and Burton Wechsler, 1998

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Fredrica and Burton Wechsler dancing together in 1998.

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Fredrica and Burton Wechsler dancing together in 1998.

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Fredrica Wechsler, 1990

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Fredrica Wechsler, curator of arts and music of the National Academy of Sciences, in 1990.

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Fredrica Wechsler, curator of arts and music of the National Academy of Sciences, in 1990.

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Letter to the Editor by Fredrica Wechsler, 1973

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A 1973 letter to the editor from Fredrica Wechsler, pointing out the inherent sexism in their "Working Girl of the Month" feature.

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A 1973 letter to the editor from Fredrica Wechsler, pointing out the inherent sexism in their "Working Girl of the Month" feature.

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Fredrica Wechsler, 1949

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Fredrica Wechsler as night editor of the Michigan Daily in 1949.

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Fredrica Wechsler as night editor of the Michigan Daily in 1949.

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Anita Pollitzer

As a party organizer for the National Woman’s Party, Anita Pollitzer travelled across the country to earn crucial support for ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment.

Officers of the National Woman's Party, 1922

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Officers of the National Woman's Party in 1922.

Left to right: Alice Paul, Sue White, Florence Boeckel, Anita Pollitzer (center, holding hat), Mary Winsor, Sophie Meredith, and Mrs. Richard Wainwright.

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Officers of the National Woman's Party in 1922.

Left to right: Alice Paul, Sue White, Florence Boeckel, Anita Pollitzer (center, holding hat), Mary Winsor, Sophie Meredith, and Mrs. Richard Wainwright.

Photo courtesy of the National Woman's Party and Wikimedia Commons.

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Harriet Fleischl Pilpel

As general counsel to both Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, Harriet Fleischl Pilpel helped shape the arguments for reproductive rights in the years leading up to Roe v. Wade.

Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s award-winning poetry and groundbreaking literary criticism are profoundly shaped by her feminist activism.

Rivka Haut

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Rivka Haut.
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Rivka Haut.

Courtesy of Tamara Weissman

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