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Fiction

Tess Slesinger

A novelist with a skill for balancing deep emotion with biting satire, Tess Slesinger became one of the first writers to explicitly discuss abortion in her 1932 story, “Missis Flinders.”

Jo Sinclair

An award-winning writer who hid both her lesbian and Jewish identities for years, Jo Sinclair used her personal experiences of prejudice to fuel her fiction.

Fradel Shtok

Despite the brevity of her career, Fradel Shtok showed great promise as a Yiddish writer for her attention to the little-discussed subjects of women’s sexuality and repression.

JWA Writer Leah Berkenwald Wins Blogging Award

June 11, 2012
JWA blogger Leah Berkenwald made “connections between the themes of freedom and equality in the most widely read story of her generation to the movement for equal rights for women and resistance to bigotry in a clear, energetic and youthful voice.”

Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid’s writing captures the tensions of mother-daughter relationships and the displacement of the immigrant experience.

Yelena Akhtiorskaya

Yelena Akhtiorskaya transmuted her own family’s immigrant experience into her ambitious debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase.

Lore Segal

Lore Segal’s life, including her transformative experiences during WWII, became the basis for her award-winning novels and children’s books.

Death of writer Sarah Brandstein Smith, “Queen of the shundroman"

April 29, 1968
“Sarah B. Smith is the most beloved Jewish newspaperwoman, the first who ever served as a reporter on a Jewish paper, and the one who has triumphantly overcome the misgivings of editors who mistrusted the abilities of a mere woman writer.”

Sylvia Bernstein Seaman

Sylvia Bernstein Seaman fought for women’s suffrage as a teenager, then became an important voice for second wave feminism as the first person outside the medical profession to write about breast cancer.

Alice Schalek

Alice Schalek made a name for herself as Austria’s first female war photographer during WWI and went on to a stunning career as a photojournalist and travel writer.

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