The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Barbara Seaman

Barbara Seaman, was a women’s health advocate for more than forty years. She was the co-founder of the National Women’s Health Network, a women’s advocacy group in Washington, D.C., a national judge of the Project Censored Awards, and an advanced science writing fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She was the author of several books, including The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth; The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill; For Women Only: Your Guide to Health Empowerment; Free and Female and Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones. She contributed frequently to The New York Times, the Washington Post, Ms., Hadassah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Brides and Family Circle. Barbara Seaman passed away in 2008.

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Jacqueline Susann

Author and actress Jacqueline Susann made history as the first author to have three consecutive New York Times bestsellers, starting with her famous 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls. She is credited with drastically changing book promotion and marketing, using television and print advertising to promote her novels rather than relying on reviews.

Health Activism, American Feminist

American women have been the “perennial health care reformers.” Women’s health activism has often coincided with other social reform movements. Since the late 1960s, Jewish women have helped create and sustain the women’s health movement through decades of substantial social, political, medical, and technological change.

Ruth Gruber

Reporter and writer Ruth Gruber dedicated her life to rescuing and covering the stories of suffering Jews worldwide. She made history as the youngest PhD in the world, escorted European refugees on a secret mission to America, and famously reported on the crisis of the Exodus 1947 and the foundation of Israel.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Seaman." (Viewed on February 4, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/seaman-barbara>.

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