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June Sochen

June Sochen, a professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University, received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. Specializing in American women’s and American Jewish history, her books include The New Woman: Feminism in Greenwich Village, 1910–1920, Consecrate Every Day: The Public Lives of Jewish American Women, 1880–1980, and the award-winning Cafeteria America: New Identities in Contemporary Life. Sochen has edited a special edition of American Jewish History on American Jewish women.

Articles by this author

Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills was a trailblazing opera singer who, after a robust singing career at the New York City Opera Company (NYCO) and the Metropolitan Opera House, became the first female director of the NYCO, and the first female chair of the Lincoln Center board. Sills defied the odds in her career accomplishments while raising two children with disabilities and being actively involved with several charitable organizations.

Gladys Heldman

After originally planning to be a medieval historian, Gladys Heldman became a competitive tennis player and later an advocate for women’s tennis. The current generation of women tennis players owe their equal status to her important efforts.

Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore, the quintessential American girl, was both America’s sweetheart in the 1940s and 1950s and a leading example of an independent woman in the 1970s. Her career as a singer and actress spanned over forty years and included stints on the radio and in the movies. Shore won nine Emmys, a Peabody, and a Golden Globe.

Bette Midler

Bette Midler went from canning pineapples at a factory in Honolulu to starring in over 20 films, releasing two dozen records, and touring the world with record-breaking live concert performances. Midler got her start at a gay bathhouse in New York, where she developed the campy and confident persona “The Divine Miss M.” Her career in show business spans decades, old and new media, and musical genres.

Hannah Bachman Einstein

Hannah Bachman Einstein’s activism and volunteer activities bridged very different worlds, from temple sisterhood leadership to lobbying and helping draft legislation for children’s welfare. She helped draft what became the Child Welfare Law of 1915, was the first female board member of the United Hebrew Charities, and served as president of the New York State Association of Child Welfare Boards.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "June Sochen." (Viewed on September 26, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/sochen-june>.

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