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Estelle Sternberger

Believing in a future where all people had a voice and women’s work was valued, Estelle Sternberger found a myriad of ways to reshape public opinion, from hosting a political radio show to leading an organization for peace. Sternberger studied at the University of Cincinnati and the School of Jewish Philanthropy before joining various civic organizations as a lecturer and volunteer. While working in the 1920s as executive secretary for the National Council of Jewish Women, she compiled information about the careers of modern Jewish women. Then, in 1931, she helped found World Peaceways, an organization that used posters and other advertising to counteract war propaganda, and lobbied (unsuccessfully) to create a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peace. In 1936 she published The Supreme Cause: A Practical Book about Peace, which offered thoughtful analysis of the political and economic issues that lead to conflict. Until 1965 she worked as a political commentator, discussing political and cultural events on her New York radio show.


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Estelle Sternberger emerged from bourgeois beginnings to become a powerful voice for left-wing social causes, first as a writer and later as a successful radio commentator.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, and Camera Associates

Date of Birth

Cincinnati, OH
United States

Date of Death

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Estelle Sternberger." (Viewed on June 4, 2020) <>.


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