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Felice Nierenberg Schwartz

Recognizing the hurdles that can stop women from achieving, Felice Nierenberg Schwartz co-wrote How to Go to Work When Your Husband Is Against It, Your Children Aren’t Old Enough, and There’s Nothing You Can Do Anyhow in 1972. Schwartz attended Smith, where she felt Jewish students were accepted, but other minorities were clearly excluded. In response, after graduating in 1944, she founded the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students in 1945, creating a guide to integrated colleges as well as a scholarship fund. When her father died in 1951, Schwartz and her brother, Theodore, rescued his failing etching and engraving business. Three years later, she sold the company at a profit and retired as vice president to spend eight years raising her children. In 1962, when her youngest child began nursery school, she founded Catalyst, an organization to help women with children enter the workforce. She created a national network of resource centers and pioneered programs like job sharing to enable women to work part time. While her arguments for flexibility and support created backlash against her as the “mommy track author,” she was praised by Fortune in 1990 as one of 126 world leaders, thinkers, and trendsetters. She retired in 1993.

More on Felice Nierenberg Schwartz
Date of Birth
January 16, 1925
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
February 8, 1996

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