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Barbara Myerhoff

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


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
Jessica Posner Odede
Jessica Posner Odede
Jessica Posner Odede first came to Nairobi with dreams of volunteering with a theater program, but her experiences in the slums of Kiberia drew her to co-found Shining Hope for Communities, creating a girls’ school as a hub for social services ranging from medical aid to clean power and water initiatives.
Denver, Colorado
United States
Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo credits her heritage as a “North London, working-class, black, Jewish girl” with giving her the range to act in roles ranging from Hotel Rwanda to Doctor Who.
August 11, 1968
United Kingdom
Tillie Olsen
Tillie Olsen
Tillie Olsen’s own struggles to combine writing with working and raising a family spurred her to recover the writing of other silenced women writers, revolutionizing the study of women’s literature.
January 14, 1913
Mead, Nebraska
United States
Julie Wise Oreck, cropped
Julie Wise Oreck
Both before Hurricane Katrina and during the long process of rebuilding New Orleans, Julie Wise Oreck has struck a balance between leading national Jewish institutions and focusing on organizations closer to home.
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Katie Orenstein
Katie Orenstein
Noting how few women were viewed as experts or opinion-makers in their fields, Katie Orenstein founded the OpEd Project in 2008 to ensure women (and their priorities) shape discussion on important issues.
September 29, 1968
Suze Orman
Suze Orman
Susan Lynn “Suze” Orman has made a career of advising people to take more direct control of their finances.
June 5, 1951
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Marla Oros, March 2002
Marla Oros
Marla Oros offered health care directly to poor and underserved populations in Baltimore through innovative programs that brought nurse practitioners out of hospitals and into the communities.
Randallstown, Maryland
United States
Trudy Orris at a Feminist March, 1978
Trudy Orris
Shaped by her experiences in post-Holocaust Europe and older than most civil rights volunteers, Trudy Orris brought her children with her to participate in demonstrations down South.
New York, New York
United States
Rosanna Dyer Osterman's Portrait
Rosanna Dyer Osterman
Rosanna Dyer Osterman’s supplies helped travelers explore the western frontier, but it was her life-saving efforts as a nurse for which she was best remembered.
February 26, 1809
Alicia Ostriker
Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s award-winning poetry and groundbreaking literary criticism are profoundly shaped by her feminist activism.
November 11, 1937
New York, New York
United States
Berta Ottenstein
Despite repeatedly needing to restart her career when she fled from Nazi-held territories, Berta Ottenstein earned great respect for her pioneering research in the field of dermatology.
March 27, 1891
Margalit Oved, 1960
Margalit Oved
Dancer and choreographer Margalit Oved’s performances blended elements from many cultures, including the Yemen of her childhood, the Israel of her adolescence, and the Los Angeles of her adulthood.
Cynthia Ozick
Cynthia Ozick
Cynthia Ozick won high acclaim for her novels and short stories depicting the Jewish American experience and for her memorable, nuanced female characters.
April 17, 1928
New York, New York
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on March 18, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/toc/O>.


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