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Power Couples

Power Couples showcases pairs of extraordinary Jewish women from many different disciplines, matching an early female trailblazer with a modern woman at the top of her game. This project highlights the lives and accomplishments of important pioneers in various fields and the next generation of leaders and innovators, demonstrating the impact of women in the arts, sciences, fashion, athletics, business, and activism.​

Sophie Tucker / Rachel Bloom

Bawdy Entertainers

Challenging Cultural Mores, One Song at a Time

Harriet Pilpel / Carrie Goldberg

Feminist Lawyers

Using the Law to Defend Women’s Privacy

Shelley Winters / Natalie Portman

Activist Actresses

Bringing Social Justice and Judaism to Hollywood

Ruth Bondy / Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin

Innovative Journalists

Adding Color to the News

Jane Yolen / Rachel Swirsky

Fantasy Authors

Seeking Justice Through Fantasy

Helena Rubinstein / Poppy King

Cosmetics Entrepreneurs

Building Businesses, Beautifully

Heather Booth / Alicia Garza


Organizing for Equality

Shulamit Aloni / Stav Shaffir

Israeli Politicians

A Woman’s Place Is in the House, Senate, and Knesset

Ilona Elek / Sada Jacobson


Riposte like a Girl

Vera Rubin / Sheyna Gifford


Expanding Our Universe

Carole King / Regina Spektor


Writing the Songs of their Generations

Regina Jonas / Alina Treiger

German Rabbis

Leading the German-Jewish Community

Annie Nathan Meyer / Katie Orenstein

Editorial Advocates

Writing Toward Equality

Fay Kanin / Joey Soloway

Television Trailblazers

Bringing Real Stories to the Small Screen

Joani Blank / Alexandra Fine & Janet Lieberman-Lu

Feminist Sex Toy Inventors

Closing the Pleasure Gap

Susan Stamberg / Sarah Koenig

Radio Hosts

Ruling the Airwaves

Letty Cottin Pogrebin / Debbie Stoller

Magazine Founders

Making Change Through Media

Lane Bryant / Nicolette Mason

Pioneers of Plus Size Clothing

Enabling Style at Every Size

Adrienne Rich / Erika Meitner

Feminist Poets

Writing Truth To Power

Gilda Radner / Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer

Comic Renegades

Making Us Laugh, One Jewess Joke at a Time

Jamaica Kincaid / Yelena Akhtiorskaya

Immigrant Authors

Bridging Two Worlds

Barbara Seaman / Miriam Perez

Women's Health Activists

Putting Women's Health in Their Own Hands

Claudia Roden / Deb Perelman

Cookbook Authors

Tickling Tastebuds and Expanding Palates

Bobbie Rosenfeld / Aly Raisman


Going for the Gold 

Gertrude Stein / Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Art World Innovators

Fostering Artists and Sparking Creative Conversation


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How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Power Couples." (Viewed on March 2, 2024) <http://jwa.org/powercouples>.