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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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Date of Birth
Birth Place
Joyce Antler, 2012
Joyce Antler
Using both field research and her own experiences posing as a pregnant woman, Joyce Antler not only helped repeal New York’s laws against abortion, but ensured that women had real access to medical services after the law was repealed.
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel
Style icon Iris Apfel rose to international acclaim when her clothes and accessories became the focus of a 2005 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
August 29, 1921
Queens, New York
United States
Anna Appel
Anna Appel was known for her performance of motherly characters in Yiddish and English roles on stage and screen.
May 1, 1888
Yael Arad, 2009
Yael Arad
Yael Arad celebrated an unprecedented victory in 1992 when she won the Olympic silver medal for judo, making her the first Israeli Olympic medalist for any sport.
May 1, 1967
Tel Aviv
Mia Arbatova
Mia Arbatova
Told first by her parents that dancing was immodest and then by Israeli settlers that dancing was bourgeois, Mia Arbatova defied her critics and became a pioneer of ballet in Israel.
Chaya Arbel
Chaya Arbel
Raised as a kibbutznik and taught that music was frivolous, Chaya Arbel only began pursuing a musical career in her forties, but went on to become one of Israel’s great modern composers.
June 18, 1921
"Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey 1967" by Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus
Wildly controversial in her lifetime, Diane Arbus was only fully recognized for her contributions to the art of photography after her death.
March 14, 1923
New York, New York
United States
Rita Arditti, 2005
Rita Arditti
As a Sephardic Jew from Argentina, Rita Arditti’s experience as “a minority within a minority” drove her to document another invisible group: the grandmothers of the disappeared children.
Buenos Aires
Hannah Arendt at the University of Maryland, 1965
Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt grappled with the Holocaust throughout her lifetime, creating the concept of “the banality of evil” to understand the widespread complicity in the mass killings.
October 14, 1906
Eve Arnold
The first American woman accepted into the groundbreaking cooperative Magnum Photos, Eve Arnold was hailed for both her photojournalism and her more artistic work.
April 21, 1913
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Ruth Arnon
Ruth Arnon
Immunologist Ruth Arnon and her long-time collaborator Michael Sela made unprecedented breakthroughs when they developed the first synthetic antigen and the first drug approved for treating multiple sclerosis, Copaxone.
Tel Aviv
Fanny Baronin von Arnstein, 1804
Fanny Baronin Von Arnstein
Franziska “Fanny” von Arnstein, who rose to the rank of baroness, navigated the artistic and political upheaval of the Napoleonic Era as a hostess of salons which welcomed celebrities ranging from Horatio Nelson to Schopenhauer.
November 29, 1758
Margaret Gene Arnstein
Margaret Gene Arnstein’s belief that nurses should be involved in health policy and research helped transform her profession.
October 27, 1904
New York, New York
United States
Jeannette Arons
Jeannette Arons served in a variety of roles with the National Council of Jewish Women, from helping juvenile offenders rebuild their lives to helping Jewish immigrants become citizens.
July 14, 1881
Brooklyn, New York
United States
"851 Fast Beauty Fixes and Facts" Front Cover by Adrien Arpel
Adrien Arpel
Adrien Arpel started her own business two days out of high school, becoming a leader in the field of cosmetics for her innovations in department store makeovers and her belief that women needed knowledgeable advice tailored to their needs.
July 15, 1941
Jersey City, New Jersey
United States
Patricia Arquette at Heart Truth Event, 2009
Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette has navigated a career path from Hollywood to television and back again, culminating in a landslide of awards for her supporting role in 2014’s Boyhood.
April 8, 1968
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Bea Arthur, 1987
Bea Arthur
Bea Arthur made a career of playing formidable, opinionated women in movies and on television.
May 13, 1926
New York, New York
United States
Dora Askowith
Dora Askowith tried to galvanize Jewish students into social activism and leadership by teaching them the history of their faith.
August 30, 1884
"A Woman in Business: The Life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach" Front Cover by Virginia Hale
Beatrice Fox Auerbach
Beatrice Fox Auerbach ran her family’s department store, G. Fox and Company, for thirty years, introducing innovations to customer service and helping women and minorities climb the corporate ladder.
July 7, 1887
Hartford, Connecticut
United States
"Pit with Veil" by Grete Stern, 1931
Ellen Auerbach
Ellen Auerbach was remarkable both for her avant-garde photography and for her innovative and successful ringl+pit studio where she and fellow artist Grete Stern signed all their work collaboratively.
May 20, 1906
Rokhl Auerbakh
Rokhl Auerbakh
Rokhl Auerbakh’s determination to record everything she witnessed in the Holocaust led to her creating the questionnaires to capture other survivors’ stories for war crime trials and Holocaust memorials.
December 18, 1903
Rose Ausländer
Rose Auslander
Confined to her bed and unable to write for a decade, the gifted poet Rose Ausländer dictated many of her works.
May 11, 1901
Sophie Cahn Axman
Sophie Cahn Axman became known as “the angel of the Tombs” for her work as a probation officer helping troubled children.
July 25, 1865
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Helene Aylon's Self Portrait, 2004
Helène Aylon
Through her art, Helène Aylon explored the intersectionality among her feminism, the Orthodox Judaism of her upbringing, and her place in a war-torn world.
February 4, 1931
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Hertha Ayrton, 1926
Hertha Ayrton
The first woman proposed for membership in the Royal Society, Hertha Ayrton created inventions from tools architects used for enlarging and reducing drawings to fans that could clear poison gas from mine shafts.
April 28, 1854
United Kingdom


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