The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca L. Davis is a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at Yale University, from which she also received her B.A. and her M.A. She specializes in the histories of marriage, religion and sexuality in the United States.

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Elga Ruth Wasserman

Chemist Elga Wasserman – a recipient of a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard in 1949 and a J.D. from Yale in 1976 – is best known for overseeing the entrance of the first coeducational class at Yale College in 1969.

American Birth Control Movement

Jewish women activists were among the first in the United States to highlight the need for reproductive health care. Women from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds found common political cause promoting access, advocacy, and education in the American birth control movement, achieving successes and confronting challenges throughout the twentieth century.

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