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Courtesy of Sonia Press Fuentes.

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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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Esther Friesner
Esther Friesner

Fantasy author Esther Friesner uses humor and imagination in her writing to question the tropes and clichés about women in general and feminists in particular.

July 16, 1951
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Ruth Bernard Fromenson

For twenty-five years, Ruth Bernard Fromenson worked with Hadassah to send supplies to Palestine, from clothes and medical supplies to toys for war orphans.

1880
Rochester, New York
United States
Frieda Fromm-Reichmann

A gifted therapist immortalized by her former patient in the novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann found new and innovative ways to treat schizophrenics.

October 23, 1889
Barbara Frum Public Library in Toronto
Barbara Frum

Barbara Rosberg Frum earned a reputation as one of Canada’s all-time great journalists for her ability to gently pressure interviewees into revealing truths.

September 8, 1937
Niagara Falls, New York
United States
"Lillian Fuchs: First Lady of the Viola," by Amedee Daryl Williams
Lillian Fuchs

While Lillian Fuchs was also a gifted teacher and composer, she is best remembered for her soulful viola performances, which inspired composers to create pieces specifically for her.

November 18, 1902
Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Sonia Pressman Fuentes, the first female attorney in the office of the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, helped extend the Civil Rights Act’s protections of equal opportunity to all people regardless of gender.

May 30, 1928
Berlin
Germany
Carrie Bamberger Frank Fuld
Carrie Bamberger Frank Fuld

Carrie Bamburger Frank Fuld joined her brother and husband in creating and supporting hospitals, schools, and most notably the Institute for Advanced Study, which welcomed Albert Einstein and others engaged in pure research.

March 16, 1864
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Norma Fields Furst

Norma Fields Furst used her positions of authority at different colleges and universities to garner support for civil rights and gender equality within academia.

February 26, 1931
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Henriette Furth
Henriette Furth

Despite facing ongoing anti-Semitism, journalist Henriette Katzenstein Fürth remained a passionate and vocal German patriot throughout her life.

August 15, 1861
Giess
Germany
Luisa Futoranksy
Luisa Futoransky

Luisa Futoransky’s adventures around the world have made her writing vivid.

January 5, 1939
Buenos Aires
Argentina
Zsa Zsa Gabor: My Story
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Known as much for her glamorous lifestyle and playful remarks about marriage as for her acting roles, Zsa Zsa Gabor thrived in the spotlight.

February 6, 1917
Budapest
Hungary
Vicki Gabriner, July 2000
Vicki Gabriner

As a radical activist for civil rights, feminism, and an end to the Vietnam War, Vicki Gabriner risked her life to transform the country at a time of tremendous upheaval.

1942
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot has credited her service in the Israeli army with opening doors for her as an actress, including the lead in the 2017 Hollywood blockbuster Wonder Woman.

April 30, 1985
Rosh HaAyin
Israel
Barbara Gaffin and an Ethiopian Boy, 1981
Barbara Gaffin

Barbara Gaffin brought international attention to the desperate circumstances of Ethiopian Jews and helped whole communities flee to Israel.

1954
Dorchester, Massachusetts
United States
Hilda R. Gage

Hilda R. Gage capped a career of firsts with her appointment as the first female Chief Judge of Michigan’s Oakland County Circuit Court, one of the busiest circuit courts in the nation.

1939
Roberta Galler, 1962
Roberta Galler

Roberta Galler’s work for the Congressional Challenge marked a landmark civil rights effort, using six hundred depositions that blacks had been prevented from voting in the 1964 congressional election as evidence that the election was unconstitutional.

1936
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Susan Galler
Susan Galler

As founder of the consulting firm Galler Group LLC, Susan Galler has helped institutions from public television and radio stations to Planned Parenthood affiliates launch capital campaigns that allow them to grow and take on new challenges.

1952
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Loren Galler Rabinowitz and David Mitchell, 2004
Loren Galler-Rabinowitz

A champion in two very different fields, Loren Galler-Rabinowitz took home the bronze medal for ice dancing in 2004, then competed in the 2011 Miss America Pageant as Miss Massachusetts.

January 19, 1986
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Mamie Gamoran

Mamie Goldsmith Gamoran chose to combat assimilation in America by writing children’s books on Jewish history and holidays that encouraged children to feel proud of their dual identities as Jews and Americans.

January 17, 1900
Long Island City, New York
United States
Annabelle Gamson

Annabelle Gamson’s performances of Isadora Duncan’s choreography were remarkable both in their own right and for the fact that Gamson performed them in her forties, at an age when most dancers chose to retire.

August 6, 1928
Bronx, New York
United States
Bird Stein Gans
Bird Stein Gans

At a time when ideas about childrearing were mainly shaped by philosophers like Plato or Rousseau with little actual research on child development, Bird Stein Gans cofounded and led the Society for the Study of Child Nature to better educate parents.

May 29, 1868
Allegheny, Pennsylvania
United States
Helene Gans

A firm believer in the importance of government regulations in protecting citizens, Helene Gans advocated for minimum wage laws, consumer protection, and relief for victims of WWII.

December 27, 1893
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Roz Garber, 2000
Roz Garber

Roz Garber evaded the KGB to bring hope to refuseniks in the USSR.

1950
Toronto
Canada
Evelyn Garfiel

Evelyn Garfiel’s Jewish scholarship on topics like the prayer book and the Hebrew language helped make Jewish study accessible to the broader public.

June 10, 1900
New York, New York
United States
Alicia Garza
Alicia Garza

After her impassioned plea that black lives matter ignited the internet, Alicia Garza helped lead the movement that has transformed the modern struggle for civil rights.

March 4, 1981
Oakland, California
United States

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