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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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Rosalyn Yalow
Rosalyn Yalow
Rosalyn Yalow won the Nobel Prize in 1977 for her work in discovering the radioimmunoassay, which uses radioactive isotopes to detect levels of biological and chemical compounds in the human body.
July 19, 1921
Bronx, New York
United States
Janet Yassen, January 15, 2003
Janet Yassen
Janet Yassen helped build the first rape crisis center in Massachusetts and went on to become an international consultant on preventing rape and sexual violence.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen
In 2014 Janet Yellen became the first female chair of the Federal Reserve, responsible for decisions that shape the US economy on every level.
August 13, 1946
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Rebecca Yenawine, 2002
Rebecca Yenawine
Rebecca Yenawine’s unorthodox approach to a group of teenage vandals led her to create a unique art school for inner city kids.
New York, New York
United States
Anzia Yezierska, July 3, 1922
Anzia Yezierska
Anzia Yezierska turned the frustrations and indignities she suffered in New York’s tenements into novels and short stories that depicted the lives of Jewish immigrants.
Helen Yglesias
Helen Yglesias
In her many novels, Helen Yglesias returned to the themes of her own life: women defying convention and finding the courage to start over.
March 29, 1915
New York, New York
United States
Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen
Called the Hans Christian Anderson of America, Jane Yolen is known for weaving folklore, fantasy, historical events, and her own life into captivating stories for children and young adults.
February 11, 1939
New York, New York
United States
Rebecca Young, 2002
Rebecca Young
Rebecca Young’s focus on prisoners’ rights led her to create programs to improve the juvenile justice system and monitor and report prisoner abuse.
New York, New York
United States

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