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Emily Taitz

Emily Taitz has a B.A. from Queens College (CUNY) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval Jewish history from The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She specialized in Jewish women’s history and has written many books on the subject, including her first, groundbreaking work Written Out of History, co-authored with Sondra Henry, and The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 B.C.E.–1900 C.E. (2003), co-authored with Sondra Henry and Cheryl Tallan. Taitz taught Women’s Studies and general history courses for ten years at Adelphi University. She now concentrates on writing. She has published numerous articles and books, most about Jewish women, and is presently working on a biographical dictionary of Holocaust survivors which will include both men and women.

Articles by this author

Rosalyn Yalow

Rosalyn Yalow was the first woman born and educated in the United States to win a Nobel Prize in a scientific field. She won in 1977 for her work in discovering the radioimmunoassay.

Fanny E. Holtzmann

Fanny E. Holtzmann made waves as a lawyer for stars of Broadway and Hollywood as well as luminaries of world politics such as the Romanoffs.

Theresa Serber Malkiel

Theresa Serber Malkiel fought for workers’ rights, becoming the first female factory worker to rise to leadership in the Socialist Party. Her book, published a year before the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, helped fuel public support to reform labor laws. In her later life, she shifted away from social activism and began a second career in adult education.

Learned Women in Traditional Jewish Society

The long-standing idea that women are either not fit to be educated or do not need to be educated has deep roots in Jewish history. Yet in spite of these very real disabilities, there seem always to have been a handful of women in traditional Jewish communities who became educated.


Jewish women have been recorded in entrepreneurial roles as early as the fifth century BCE, and many women held vital roles in their communities’ economies. Around the world, Jewish women took part in moneylending, trading, and property ownership, both with their husbands and independently.

Jennie Loitman Barron

In her long career as a lawyer and a judge and in her lifelong work for women’s rights, Jennie Loitman Barron set many precedents for women in Massachusetts and across the United States.

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