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Credit: Photograph by Vincent J. Grass.
Courtesy of Sonia Press Fuentes.

Profiles

Browse this section for short profiles of some of the thousands of Jewish women found throughout jwa.org. We will be adding new profiles to this section regularly and welcome your suggestions for women to add.

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Name & Description
Date of Birth
Birth Place
Sally Mack, 2000
Sally Mack

Sally Mack raised her children with a belief in nonviolent activism, and they in turn led her to join their protest of nuclear weapons.

1933
Oil City, Pennsylvania
United States
Mary Ann Cohen Magnin
Mary Ann Cohen Magnin

Mary Ann Cohen Magnin rose to stunning success at the turn of the century as the founder of I. Magnin and Company, an exclusive chain of women’s clothing stores.

1850
Scheveningen
Netherlands
Margaret Mahler

Margaret Schönberger Mahler pioneered theories on child development and abnormal psychology that impacted generations of psychiatrists.

May 10, 1897
Sopron
Hungary
Finding Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier

Although Vivian Maier’s exceptional photographs came to light only after her death, she is now celebrated as a visionary self-taught street photographer.

February 1, 1926
Bronx, New York
United States
Judith Malina
Judith Malina

Judith Malina won acclaim as an actress, a director and a producer through the experimental Living Theatre she cofounded with her husband, Julian Beck, in 1948.

June 4, 1926
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Germany
Theresa Serber Malkiel

Theresa Serber Malkiel fought for workers’ rights, becoming the first female factory worker to rise to leadership in the Socialist Party.

May 1, 1874
Bar
Russia
Lena (Lane) Bryant Maslin
Lena (Lane) Bryant Malsin

Lena (Lane) Bryant Malsin revolutionized the clothing industry with her classy maternity wear and clothes for plus-size women.

1879
Lithuania
Judith Pinta Mandelbaum

As both a leader of the Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America (Amit) and editor of its journals, Judith Pinta Mandelbaum shaped the organization for over forty years.

June 30, 1906
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Emma B. Mandl

Emma B. Mandl created and led vital institutions for Jewish European immigrants in Chicago, from orphanages to trade schools to tuberculosis wards.

December 16, 1842
Pilsen
Czech Republic
Jeanne and Morty Manford, New York City, 1972
Jeanne Manford

In 1973 Jeanne Manford’s fierce love for her gay son in the face of national condemnation of homosexuality led her to create a support network for other families, Parents of Gays, later known as PFLAG.

December 4, 1920
Queens, New York
United States
Ruth Marcus
Ruth Barcan Marcus

Ruth Barcan Marcus made major contributions to logic, mathematics, and philosophy, arguing with thinkers like Bertrand Russell about the essential nature of names.

August 2, 1921
New York, New York
United States
Regina Margareten

Regina Margareten was hailed as the “Matzah Queen” and the “matriarch of the kosher food industry” for both her business sense and her innovations to improve the quality of her products.

December 20-25, 1863
Babolna, Komarom-Esztergom
Hungary
Anna Margolin, 1903
Anna Margolin

Under the name Anna Margolin, Rosa Lebensboim wrote what critics called some of the finest Yiddish poetry of the earliest twentieth century.

January 21, 1887
Brisk
Lithuania
Julianna Margulies at the 66th Emmy Awards, September 22, 2014
Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies has earned the most SAG awards of any woman in the Screen Actors Guild for her starring roles on ER and The Good Wife.

June 8, 1966
Spring Valley, New York
United States
Fania Marinoff, 1913
Fania Marinoff

Fania Marinoff may have been an actress of stage and screen, but she was best known as a hostess whose home became a major hub for artistic circles in New York.

1890
Odessa
Russia
Jessie Marmorston

Jessie Marmorston’s research into hormone secretion led to breakthroughs in our understanding of the ways stress can contribute to heart attacks and certain cancers.

September 16, 1903
Kiev
Russia
Lenore Guinzburg Marshall

A talented writer and poet in her own right, editor Lenore Guinzburg Marshall pushed her publishing company to publish William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury after it had been rejected by twelve other publishers.

September 7, 1897
New York, New York
United States
Dalia Marx
Dalia Marx

In teaching liturgy to rabbinical students from around the world, Rabbi Dalia Marx is shaping how the next generation of rabbis interprets the tradition.

1966
Jerusalem
Israel
Sophie Maslow, Cropped
Sophie Maslow

Sophie Maslow blended classical, modern, and folk traditions in her dance and choreography and drew inspiration from politics and modern folk music to create vibrant new pieces that engaged audiences in new ways.

March 22, 1911
New York, New York
United States
Nicolette Mason

Body-positive blogger Nicolette Mason has become a leader in creating and celebrating fashion for women of all sizes and shapes.

1986
Los Angeles, California
United States
Etta Wedell Mastbaum

Etta Wedell Mastbaum’s collection of sculptures, letters, and memorabilia of Auguste Rodin helped preserve the artist’s work for generations to enjoy.

September 6, 1866
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Marlee Matlin, May 2009
Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin made history in 1986 as both the youngest actress to win an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress and the first deaf person to win the award.

August 24, 1965
Morton Grove, Illinois
United States
Pearl Bernstein Max

Pearl Bernstein Max directed the staggering work of fusing four different colleges—City, Hunter, Brooklyn, and Queens—into the City University of New York.

September 2, 1904
New York, New York
United States
Elaine May, 1959
Elaine May

Elaine May broke down barriers for women in comedy, first as half of the celebrated comic duo Nichols and May, then as one of the few women writer/directors in Hollywood.

April 21, 1932
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Irma May

During the economic devastation of the 1920s, Irma May reported on anti–Semitism throughout Eastern Europe and raised massive funds to help Jews overseas.

June 10, 1899
Lemberg
Poland

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