Anna Pavitt Boudin defied expectations throughout her career, both as one of the first women dentists in America and as the founder and president of the Women’s American ORT, one of the largest Jewish women’s organizations in America. At a time when women were excluded from dentistry because they were thought too weak for the job, Boudin was one of eight women in her 1907 graduating class of 39 students at Columbia. She both ran her own private practice and established the dental clinic at the New York Infirmary in 1924, retiring to become the Infirmary’s dentist emeritus in 1956. In 1922 her husband, Louis Boudin, a leftist labor lawyer, helped found the American ORT Foundation, part of the international organization that offered agricultural and industrial vocational training to Jews to help them find employment. In 1927 Anna Boudin joined several ORT Federation wives to create the Women’s American ORT and became the founding president. The organization did fundraising for ORT, established trade schools for Jews both in the US and abroad, and promoted health care. Even after retiring as president, Boudin remained active in the executive committee and advisory board until weeks before her death.
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