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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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Vera Paktor
In her too-short life, Vera Paktor reached unprecedented heights for a woman in maritime law, forging regulations for new developments in the shipping industry.
June 14, 1949
Grace Paley and Reporters, by Diana Mara Henry
Grace Paley
A rare example of a writer deeply engaged with the world, Grace Paley made an impact as much through her activism as her writing.
December 11, 1922
Bronx, New York
United States
Lilli Palmer and Helmut Schmidt, April 1, 1982
Lilli Palmer
Actress Lilli Palmer fled Nazi Germany to make a place for herself in Hollywood, but chose to return after the war, becoming celebrated once again in her home country.
May 24, 1914
Gwyneth Paltrow in Venice, 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow
Known best for her Oscar-winning performance in the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow has repeatedly sought out difficult roles playing unconventional women, including playing Sylvia Plath in 2003.
September 27, 1972
Los Angeles, California
United States
Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker commented on the art and events of her times with her brilliant turns of phrase and acid wit.

August 22, 1893
New York
United States
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2009
Sarah Jessica Parker
While she is best known as the iconic Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker’s roles in theater, television and film have run the gamut from instant classics like 1984’s Footloose and 1991’s LA Story to cult favorites like 1994’s Ed Wood and 1996’s Mars Attacks!
March 25, 1965
Nelsonville, Ohio
United States
Mollie Parnis
Mollie Parnis was equally famed for her New York salons that welcomed literary and political giants and for her fashion designs that adorned first ladies.
March 18, 1905
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Amy Pascal
Amy Pascal has regularly been named one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes and the Hollywood Reporter for her management of Sony Pictures’ run of commercial and critical successes from Casino Royale to The Social Network.
March 25, 1958
Los Angeles, California
United States
Marilyn Paul, July 2000
Marilyn Paul
Marilyn Paul risked her safety to train a mixed group of Israeli and Palestinian health care professionals in the Gaza Strip.
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Jessica Blanche Peixotto
Jessica Blanche Peixotto defied convention and her family to become a respected authority in the field of economics.
New York, New York
United States
Judith Peixotto
A gifted teacher who tirelessly promoted her students both within their schools and in the larger world, Judith Peixotto was appointed the first Jewish principal in the city of New York in 1849, at age 24.
December 30, 1823
New York, New York
United States
Phoebe Yates Pember
Phoebe Yates Levy Pember
Phoebe Yates Levy Pember managed a hospital through the chaos of the Civil War and left an account of her life that offered a window into daily life for Jews in Southern high society.
August 18, 1823
Charleston, South Carolina
United States
Barbara Penzner
Rabbi Barbara Penzner has been a moral force for her congregation, leading it in multiple actions to uphold human rights around the world and in the local community.
New York, New York
United States
Deb Perelman Cropped
Deb Perelman
Resisting trends towards fussy recipes with complicated instructions and esoteric ingredients, Deb Perelman focused her Smitten Kitchen food blog on “foolproof” recipes that incorporated feedback from online commenters.
Miriam Perez
Miriam Zoila Pérez
As the founder of Radical Doula, Miriam Zoila Perez created a network for birthing coaches to support people of all genders, races, and economic backgrounds through pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, and abortion.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States
Florence Perlman
In her almost forty years on Hadassah’s board, Florence Bierman Perlman helped bring the organization to national prominence.
July 28, 1896
New York, New York
United States
Radia Perlman, 2009
Radia Perlman
A software designer and network engineer, Radia Perlman earned a place in internet history for creating the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) which governs how information is sent between servers.
January 1, 1951
Portsmouth, Virginia
United States
Helen Harris Perlman
Hellen Harris Perlman
Helen Harris Perlman pioneered the “Chicago School” of social work, arguing that many people in crisis needed short-term therapy and solutions rather than long-term Freudian analysis.
December 20, 1905
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
Rose Pesotta, 1965
Rose Pesotta
An icon of the labor movement, anarchist Rose Pesotta was hailed for her ability to mobilize workers across gender and ethnic lines.
Roberta Peters Album
Roberta Peters
Roberta Peters made a remarkable debut at the Metropolitan Opera which led to a career spanning more than half a century as one of the Met’s most popular sopranos.
May 4, 1930
New York, New York
United States
Alice S. Petluck
Alice S. Petluck used her position as one of the first women lawyers to advocate for women and children.
July 23, 1873
Rebecca Machado Phillips
Beyond mothering her many biological and adopted children, Rebecca Machado Phillips tended her community by founding soup kitchens and aid societies for the poor and sick.
November 21, 1746
Reading, Pennsylvania
United States
Rosalie Solomon Phillips
Rosalie Solomons Phillips
Between her family ties to the American Revolution, her political work, and her efforts as a founding member of Hadassah, Rosalie Solomons Phillips showed her deep concern for both preserving the past and creating a future for the Jewish people.
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Ellen Phillips
Ellen Phillips helped shape generations of Jewish children as a founder of the Hebrew Sunday School Society, the first to offer lessons on Jewish religion and culture in English to both boys and girls.
October 30, 1821
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Irna Phillips
Irna Phillips created soap operas for radio and television that were followed by massive audiences, including Guiding Light, and introduced plotlines that shaped the format of many soaps that followed.
July 1, 1901
Chicago, Illinois
United States


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