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Susan L. Tananbaum

Susan L. Tananbaum is associate professor of history at Bowdoin College. Tananbaum received her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the acculturation of women and children in London’s Jewish immigrant community and religiously-sponsored care of Jewish and Christian orphans from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries in Britain. She is a co-editor (with Michael Berkowitz and Sam Bloom) of Forging Modern Jewish Identities: Public Faces and Private Struggles (2003).

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Anna Rosenberg

Anna Lederer Rosenberg was an administrator, diplomat, and public relations and manpower expert who advised multiple presidents. In 1950 she became the first female Assistant Secretary of Defense. Deeply admired by military and government leaders, Rosenberg’s success demonstrates how deftly she maneuvered within these male-dominated arenas.

Britain: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Since being allowed to resettle in 1656, Jews in Great Britain have established deep community ties throughout their diverse community. Class differences between early Sephardic settlers and the later wave of Ashkenazi immigrants gave rise to numerous Jewish charitable organizations, in which women played a key role.

Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca

Born in Latvia before immigrating to Baltimore as a child, Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca was one of America’s most remarkable women’s labor leaders. An outstanding union organizer and a captivating speaker, Bellanca understood the problems of the working class—people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds—and sought to improve conditions for workers.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Susan L. Tananbaum." (Viewed on September 19, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/tananbaum-susan>.

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