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Barbara Myerhoff

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


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Date of Birth
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Shulamith Nardi, 1964
Shulamith Nardi

Shulamith Nardi helped shape relations between Jews and gentiles in the fledgling State of Israel through her analysis of Jewish literature and her work as advisor on Diaspora affairs to four Israeli presidents.

April 23, 1909
New York, New York
United States
Lillian Nassau

Antique dealer Lillian Nassau rekindled the public’s enthusiasm for art deco and art nouveau at a time when Tiffany lamps were being destroyed for their bronze.

December 25, 1899
Rachel Natelson

Rachel Natelson helped found Hadassah and devoted herself to Zionist organizations, but never achieved her dream of traveling to Palestine.

Brooklyn, New York
United States
Maud Nathan, 1913, cropped
Maud Nathan
After her daughter’s death, Maud Nathan battled grief by throwing herself into social justice work, transforming herself from a simple society wife to influential social reformer.
October 20, 1862
New York, New York
United States
Grace Seixas Nathan
Although her writing was never published in her lifetime, Grace Seixas Nathan’s poetry and letters showed her passion for her country, her family, and her religion.
November 11, 1752
Stratford, Connecticut
United States
Adele Gutman Nathan
With a lifelong passion for both theater and history, Adele Gutman Nathan made a career of creating historical pageants, leading to her crowning achievement, writing a guide for Americans to celebrate their country’s bicentennial.
September 15, 1889
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Gertrude and Otto Natzler at Brandeis Camp circa 1956-1960
Gertrud Amon Natzler
Ceramicist Gertrud Amon Natzler and her husband Otto created thousands of stunning ceramics together, an exquisite collaboration that continued even after her death.
July 7, 1908
Elsie Margaret Binger Naumburg
Elsie Margaret Binger Naumburg put her research into rare South American birds on hold during WWII to aid a different breed of songbird: refugee and unemployed musicians.
July 7, 1880
New York, New York
United States
Margaret Naumburg
By creating her own school and her own system of education based on principles of psychoanalysis, Margaret Naumburg laid the groundwork for the new discipline of art therapy.
May 14, 1890
New York, New York
United States
Hari Nef
Hari Nef
Hari Nef, the first trans woman model to be signed to the prestigious IMG modeling agency, has used her public platform to speak out on issues that affect other transgender people.
October 21, 1992
Newton, Massachusetts
United States
Carrie Marcus Neiman
A born saleswoman, Carrie Marcus Neiman made her family’s department stores synonymous with high-end retail fashion.
May 5, 1883
Louisville, Kentucky
United States
Irene Nemirovsky
Irene Nemirovsky
First censored and then killed during the Holocaust, novelist Irène Némirovsky finally achieved the recognition she deserved long after her death.
February 24, 1903
Haviva Ner-David
Haviva Ner-David
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David chronicled her struggles to become an Orthodox woman rabbi in her celebrated book Life on the Fringes: A Feminist Journey Toward Traditional Rabbinic Ordination before finally achieving her dream in 2006.
New York, New York
United States
Sheryl Baron Nestel
Sheryl Baron Nestel
Sheryl Baron Nestel’s activism in the childbirth reform movement led to her investigation of how race and racism affect healthcare.
Los Angeles, California
United States
Joan Nestle
Joan Nestle
Driven by the concern that “the colonized are condemned to lose their memory,” lesbian writer and activist Joan Nestle created the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
May 12, 1940
New York, New York
United States
Julia Neuberger
Julia Neuberger
Baroness Julia Neuberger holds an unusual double distinction as both a rabbi and a member of the House of Lords.
February 27, 1950
United Kingdom
Bernice L. Neugarten
Bernice L. Neugarten
A pioneer of the study of adult development and aging, Bernice Levin Neugarten found that there was no one right way for people to grow old.
Norfolk, Nebraska
United States
Elsa Neumann at Her Graduation from the University of Berlin, 1899
Elsa Neumann
Elsa Neumann earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Berlin in 1899, nine years before women were officially allowed to study there, becoming the university’s first woman graduate.
August 23, 1872
Louise Nevelson and Neith Nevelson
Louise Nevelson
Louise Nevelson transformed the concept of sculpture from an object the audience walks around to a space the audience can enter into.
September 23, 1899
Pauline Newman Portrait
Pauline Newman
Pauline Newman made massive strides for workers’ rights, especially women workers, by building bridges between many different factions.
Kovno, Kaunas
Estelle Newman circa 1955
Estelle Newman
Estelle Reiss Newman innovated new programs for aiding the blind, from providing retirement homes for the aged blind to helping younger disabled people navigate independent lives in their communities.
November 24, 1896
New York, New York
United States
Lesléa Newman
Leslea Newman
A proud lesbian feminist writer, Lesléa Newman made history in 1989 with her controversial children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies.
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Isadora Newman
Isadora Newman’s creativity defied categorization, spilling across the boundaries of poetry, fiction, painting, and playwriting, but always returned to the African American and Creole influences of her New Orleans heritage.
April 23, 1878
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Blanche Cohen Nirenstein
Blanche Cohen Nirenstein found a myriad of ways to help Jewish widows and needy children, from founding a kosher summer camp to supporting Holocaust survivors.
November 24, 1885
New York, New York
United States
Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit,  January 12, 2003
Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit
Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit risked her own safety to become one of the first female refuseniks to protest for the right to leave Soviet Russia.


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