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Profiles

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
Theresa Wolfson
Theresa Wolfson’s career led her down two parallel paths as a labor activist and as an educator of both college students and workers.
July 19, 1897
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Judy Frieze Wright, July 2000
Judy Frieze Wright
Judy Frieze Wright went to prison for her participation in Freedom Rides, but that was only the beginning of her career as an activist.
1939
Newton, Massachusetts
United States
Gussie Wyner, July 1931
Gussie Edelman Wyner
Blending a businesswoman’s craft with an activist’s passion, Gussie Edelman Wyner created life memberships for Hadassah and other nonprofit organizations as a way to raise funds and cement commitment.
1870
Minsk
Belarus
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.
1950
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.
1979
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.
1880-1885
Plinsk
Poland
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.
1964
New York, New York
United States
Heidi Zak
Heidi Zak
In creating her company Thirdlove, Heidi Zak completely reimagined women’s bras and the process of shopping for them.
1978
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, cropped
Carly Zakin
Carly Zakin teamed up with longtime friend and fellow journalist Danielle Weisberg to create theSkimm, a daily newsletter aimed at sparking the interest of millennials who often avoid traditional news sources.
1986
New York, New York
United States
Elaine Zecher
Elaine Zecher
Rabbi Elaine Zecher uses her own experiences of illness and struggle to counsel congregants and craft prayers for Mishkan T’fillah and Mishkan HaNefesh, the prayer books of the Reform Movement.
1961
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler
Praised for “Playing like a man,” Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler exploded notions about women pianists with the precision, power, and expressiveness of her performances.
July 16, 1863
Bielitz
Poland
Doris Zelinsky
Doris Zelinsky
While Doris Zelinsky has spent her professional career in the food industry, the work closest to her heart has been preserving the memory of the Holocaust.
September 3, 1949
New York, New York
United States
Dorothy Miller Zellner Giving an Affidavit to James Forman, circa 1963
Dorothy Miller Zellner
As co-editor of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s newsletter, the Student Voice, Dorothy Miller Zellner helped craft the organization’s message and report on stories suppressed by the mainstream media.
1938
New York, New York
United States
Rajzel Zychlinski, 1994
Rajzel Zychlinsky
Praised as one of the most original voices in modern Yiddish poetry, Rajzel Zychlinski used free verse and sparse language to capture the devastation of the Holocaust.
July 27, 1910
Gabin
Poland

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on March 24, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/toc/all>.

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