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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Madalyn Schenk

b. 1950

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Madalyn Schenk until we are able to commission a full entry.

Madalyn Schenk.

Courtesy of Alan Smason/Crescent City Jewish News.

Madalyn Schenk fought for significant political change both in Louisiana and in the nation as a whole. Schenk orchestrated the first pro-choice rally in Louisiana, and was Louisiana contact for the Million Mom March in 2000, a national mobilization for gun control. She held leadership roles in six major Democratic campaigns, including the elections of President Bill Clinton and Senator Mary Landrieu. As an education reformer, she helped to initiate the National Council of Jewish Women’s Home Instruction Program for Pre-School Youngsters, helping parents with limited education prepare their children for school. She also chaired the Louisiana Serve Commission, evaluating AmeriCorps competitive grants for Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, Schenk served on the fundraising boards of two exemplary public schools, and in 2010 she was appointed to the board of directors of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. She chaired the public policy committee of United Way's Women's Leadership Initiative and advocated for quality rating systems to improve childcare and early childhood education. She also advocated for changes in the law protecting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Madalyn Schenk." (Viewed on December 11, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/schenk-madalyn>.


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