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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: October 16 - October 22

Thumbnail of Rachel King on Esther Lederer Becoming Ann Landers, 2015

Esther Lederer becomes Ann Landers

October 16, 1955

Esther Lederer, better known as "Ann Landers," published her first advice column.

Shoshana Gugenheim Scribing Torah

First Torah commissioned to be scribed entirely by women is read in Seattle

October 16, 2010

The Kadima Reconstructionist Jewish Community in Seattle read from the first Torah ever commissioned to be written by women, and the first ever to be written by a group of women, known as the Women's Torah Project.

Gertrude Elion, 1972

Gertrude Elion wins Nobel Prize

October 17, 1988

The announcement that chemist Gertrude Elion had won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine represented the culmination of an unlikely career.

Gertrude Berg in "Molly" as "Molly Goldberg"

Gertrude Berg makes her television debut

October 18, 1948

Gertrude Berg, star and producer of the popular radio comedy "The Goldbergs," made her television debut as Molly Goldberg.

Celebrating 350 years of Jewish women in America

October 18, 2004

The Jewish Women's Archive joined with National Women's Philanthropy for an historic celebration of 350 years of Jewish women in America at the International Lion of Judah conference.

Ernestine L. Rose

Ernestine Rose presides over national women's rights convention

October 19, 1854

Ernestine Rose, a leading early American advocate for women's rights, presided over the Fifth National Woman's Rights Convention in Philadelphia.

Steve Benson on Irena Sendler's Heroism Thumbnail

Irena Sendler saves Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.

October 20, 1943

Irena Sendler Saves Jewish Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

U.S. Army Hospital Ship, Frances Y. Slanger, in New York, 1945

Army nurse Frances Y. Slanger killed by German artillery

October 21, 1944

Frances Y. Slanger, R.N. became the first American nurse killed in Europe after D-Day.

Ethel Stark is first woman to conduct at Carnegie Hall

October 22, 1947

Ethel Stark is first woman to conduct at Carnegie Hall

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: October 16 – October 22." (Viewed on October 16, 2017) <https://jwa.org/thisweek>.

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