The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Sara Alpern

Sara Alpern received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, where she teaches U.S. history and the history of American women. Alpern is the author of Freda Kirchwey: A Woman of the Nation and a contributor to and co-editor of The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women. She has written on a number of topics in women’s history, including the effects of woman suffrage, the history of eating disorders among women and the history of women in management. Her most recent article, “Harriet Williams Russell Strong: Inventor and California Businesswoman Extraordinaire” (2005), is part of her ongoing work on a book manuscript on the history of women in business.

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Helena Rubinstein

Helena Rubinstein built a global beauty empire by selling face cream to Depression–era housewives and teaching makeup tricks to film vamp Theda Bara.

Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder became a household name for beauty thanks to the luxurious makeup, lotions, and perfumes she created. An astute businesswoman, she made a fortune manufacturing, marketing, and distributing cosmetics around the world and was regularly honored for her business achievements.

Adrien Arpel

Adrien Arpel is a pioneering entrepreneur who has been highly successful in the skincare industry. She realized there was a need in the cosmetics marketplace for a business that would educate the consumer. Arpel was the president and CEO of Adrien Arpel, Inc., an enterprise with approximately 500 salons across the United States and Canada.

Mildred Elizabeth Levine Albert

Mildred Albert charmed the fashion world as an international fashion consultant, lecturer, columnist, and radio and television personality. She carved a niche for herself in the fashion world as the head of a modeling agency and an inventor of new kinds of fashion shows.

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