Charlotte Lipsky

Charlotte Schacht Lipsky found an unusual balance between activism and pragmatism: on the one hand, a follower of the revolutionary Emma Goldman, on the other, the owner of a successful interior decorating business. Shortly after her arrival in New York in 1895, Lipsky became involved with the Jewish socialist movement led by Goldman. But after marrying Zionist leader Louis Lipsky in 1905, she found that her husband’s activism was a significant drain on their finances, and she had to devise ways to bring in income. She set herself up as an interior decorator, but lacked any kind of office or business infrastructure. Instead, she used their home as a showroom to give clients a sense of what they could do, then took them shopping for fabrics and furniture on New York’s Lower East Side. She also continued her own activism as a member of Hadassah and a founding member of Women’s American ORT, an organization that raised funds to teach trade skills to Jews around the world.

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Founder, Entrepreneur, Activist

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