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Cheryl Tallan

In 1989 Cheryl Tallan received a M.A. from York University, Toronto, in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is now an independent scholar. Her research interest is medieval Jewish women, primarily widows. In 2003 she co-authored, with Emily Taitz and Sondra Henry, The JPS Guide to Jewish Women, 600 B.C.E.-1900 C.E., which was published by the Jewish Publication Society.

Articles by this author

Licoricia of Winchester

Licoricia of Winchester was a thirteenth-century English businesswoman. She lent money and conducted business dealings all over southern and south-western England, sometimes with the involvement of the king, Henry III.

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.

Doctors: Medieval

In the medieval period, Jewish women doctors were found in most of the countries of western and central Europe, i.e., Spain, France, Provence, Italy, Sicily, and especially in Germany. Slawa of Warsaw (1435) is the only one who has so far been found from eastern Europe, but others will probably come to light when the records are examined more thoroughly. Evidence of women doctors in Egypt and Turkey comes from the beginning (ninth to twelfth centuries) of this period and from its end (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), although evidence for women healers is scattered throughout the sources.

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