Edith SombornIsaacs

Edith Somborn Isaacs made an impact on New York City both through her own volunteerism and by successfully running her husband’s campaigns for public office. Isaac graduated from Barnard before marrying Stanley M. Isaacs in 1910. When her husband ran for Manhattan borough president, she organized his campaigns, wrote jingles for him, trained volunteers, and collaborated on newspaper articles and ad copy. Stanley Isaacs served as borough president from 1938–1941 and later became Republican minority leader in the City Council. Always her husband’s best advocate, Edith Isaacs later wrote Love Affair with a City: The Story of Stanley M. Isaacs in 1967. She also wrote plays, one of which was produced by Barnard. She served as a board member of the Women’s City Club of New York for thirty years, and served a brief stint as its president. She also served on the boards of the New York Service for the Handicapped, the Barnard Committee on Development, and the Phi Beta Kappa Alumnae Association, and was a trustee of the Bank Street College of Education.

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New York, NY
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Edith Somborn Isaacs." (Viewed on August 9, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/isaacs-edith>.


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