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This Week in History

This Week in History

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This Week: November 12 - November 18

Caroline Simon

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, anti-discrimination pioneer

November 12, 1900

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, public activist and pioneer in the fight for women's and human rights.

"A Train in Winter" Front Cover

"A Train in Winter" reveals the strength of women’s friendship

November 13, 2011

There are 230 heroines in Caroline Moorehead’s book "A Train in Winter."

Anna Sokolow, 1958

Radical dance pioneer Anna Sokolow debuts on Broadway

November 14, 1937

Modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow debuted on Broadway.

National Council of Jewish Women's Original Badge

National Council of Jewish Women holds first national convention

November 15, 1896

Hundreds of women met in Tuxedo Hall in New York City for the first national convention of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Shoshana Cardin

Shoshana Cardin becomes first woman to lead a major national Jewish organization

November 15, 1984

The election of Shoshana Cardin as the first woman to lead the Council of Jewish Federations opened a new era for women's involvement in national Jewish institutions.

Ruth Wisse Receives National Humanities Medal

National Humanities Medal awarded to Ruth Wisse

November 15, 2007

Pioneering Yiddish scholar Ruth Wisse was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.

Alma Gluck

Debut of singer Alma Gluck

November 16, 1909

Alma Gluck, the most popular concert singer of her day, made her debut.

Women's Pentagon Action march on the Pentagon, November 17, 1980, by Diana Mara Henry

Diana Mara Henry's photographs of the Women's Pentagon Action protest march

November 17, 1980

Photographer Diana Mara Henry documented historic women’s march on the Pentagon.

Jaimy Gordon, cropped

Jaimy Gordon wins the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction

November 17, 2010

Jaimy Gordon received the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction for Lord of Misrule.

Roberta Peters Album

Roberta Peters debuts at the Met

November 17, 1950

Soprano Roberta Peters debuted at the Metropolitan Opera when she replaced a colleague on six hours notice; she achieved the longest tenure of any Met soprano.

Miriam Cantor-Stone on the First National Women's Conference in 1977 Thumbnail

Bella Abzug convenes National Women's Conference in Houston

November 18, 1977

Spearheaded by Bella Abzug, the federally funded National Women's Conference convened in Houston to put forward a National Plan of Action.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "This Week in History: November 12 – November 18." (Viewed on November 15, 2018) <>.


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