Erika Piola

Erika Piola received a master’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and works as the visual materials cataloguer at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her publications include entries in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1998) and an article about African-Americana graphics at the Library Company of Philadelphia in Imprint: Journal of the American Historical Print Collectors Society (Spring 2002).

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Rachel Skidelsky

In 1894, at a time when “working mother” was a contradiction in terms for middle-class women, Rachel Skidelsky, a Russian immigrant with a husband and two children under age ten, was a well-known physician in the city of Philadelphia.

Ellen Phillips

Ellen Phillips influenced generations of young Jewish girls and boys in nineteenth-century Philadelphia. One of the founding members of the Hebrew Sunday School Society in 1838, Phillips donated her time, family wealth, and religious convictions to several Jewish and sectarian philanthropic organizations.

Frances Allen De Ford

A pioneering physician in the industrial Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Frances Allen de Ford's work led to a decrease in malarial infection. She also supported women's rights, including the right to vote, and was influential in her daughter Miriam's work as a suffragist.


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