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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 We will be adding new profiles to this section regularly and welcome your suggestions for women to add.

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Date of Birth
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Abigail Van Buren, 1961
Abigail Van Buren
Born Pauline Friedman, Abigail Van Buren was best known for her “Dear Abby” column and the witty, commonsense advice she gave hundreds of millions of readers.
July 4, 1918
Sioux City, Iowa
United States
Simone Veil
Simone Veil
Simone Veil fought for women’s rights as a member of the French Parliament, and the 1975 law allowing women the right to an abortion bears her name.
July 13, 1927
Maid of Ludomir
Hannah Rachel Verbermacher, one of the early precursors of women rabbis, was known as the Maid of Ludomir and was alternately revered for her wisdom and reviled for taking on a traditionally male role.
19th Century
Lillian Vernon
Lillian Vernon

In 1987, Lillian Vernon took her mail-order company public, making it the first company founded by a woman and traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

March 18, 1927
Paula Vogel
Paula Vogel
Although she made her Broadway debut with Indecent in 2016, playwright Paula Vogel has long been hailed for her unflinching exploration of taboo topics, from the AIDS crisis to child abuse.
November 16, 1951
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane Von Furstenberg
Designer Diane von Furstenberg made her mark on the fashion world in 1974 with the invention of the wrap dress.
December 31, 1946

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