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Kirsten Fermaglich

Kirsten Fermaglich is Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University. She is the author of A Rosenberg By Any Other Name (NYU Press, 2018), which won the Saul Viener Prize for the best book in American Jewish history from the American Jewish Historical Society in 2019, and American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares: Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1965 (Brandeis University Press, 2006); with Lisa Fine, she also co-edited the Norton Critical Edition of Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (2013). She is currently co-editor of the journal American Jewish History, along with Daniel Soyer and Adam Mendelsohn.

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Midge Decter

Though she began her career in publishing at liberal Jewish journals, Midge Decter became a prominent neoconservative in the 1970s, famous for her attacks on the women’s liberation movement. By the 1980s, Decter turned to foreign policy and became a vocal Cold Warrior opposed to the Soviet Union because of the threat it posed to the United States and Israel.

Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur began and ended her illustrious career on the stage, with critically acclaimed roles in Fiddler on the Roof and Mame in the 1960s and a one-woman Broadway performance in the 2000s. But she became a feminist and gay icon with her Emmy-award-winning television situation comedies from the 1970s through the 1990s: All in the Family, Maude, and The Golden Girls.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Kirsten Fermaglich." (Viewed on September 21, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/fermaglich-kirsten>.

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