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Bobbie Rosenfeld

During the workday, Canadian Olympic medalist Fanny "Bobbie" Rosenfeld was a stenographer in a Toronto chocolate factory. It was only on evenings and weekends that she had time to resume her role as the "world's best girl athlete." On any given day she could be seen winning softball games before crowds of thousands, breaking national and international track records or leading an ice hockey or basketball team to a league championship.

Ray Frank

Ray Frank's position in American Jewry was truly a novel one. In 1890, she became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a pulpit in the United States, inaugurating a career as "the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West" that would help to blaze new paths for women in Judaism. Virtually overnight, Frank became a sensation in the Jewish world, and she would remain so for nearly a decade.

Birth of poet Muriel Rukeyser

December 15, 1913

Muriel Rukeyser was a challenging poet whose work mixed together radical politics and a spiritual quest.

The New York Times profiles Kosher food matriarch Regina Margareten at age 95

December 24, 1957

Born in Hungary on December 25, 1862 [some sources say 1863], Regina Margareten came to the U.S. as a young bride in 1883.

"Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape" conquers the "Washington Post"

November 2, 1975

The October 1975 publication of journalist and activist Susan Brownmiller’s treatise Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape recast public unde

Esther Lederer becomes Ann Landers

October 16, 1955

Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer, writing as Ann Landers, had her first advice column published in the Chicago Sun Times on October 16, 1955.

Dr. Joyce Brothers wins $64,000 for boxing expertise

October 27, 1957

Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers put her boxing trivia to the test and came away with $64,000 on October 27, 1957.

Birth of musician, writer, journalist, Eugenia Zukerman

September 25, 1944

The multi-talented performer and writer Eugenia Zukerman was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 25, 1944.

Barbara Walters becomes highest-paid journalist

October 4, 1976

On October 4, 1976, Barbara Walters became the first woman co-anchor of a major network evening news program.

Writer Ruth Gruber born

September 30, 1911

Writer and activist Ruth Gruber was born on September 30, 1911. Gruber earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees by age 19 and a PhD by 20.

Anita Diamant Publishes "The Red Tent"

October 1, 1997

Anita Diamant's powerful first work of fiction, The Red Tent, was published on October 1, 1997.


September 11, 2001

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks touched and devastated every community in the United States.

"New York Times" reviews Yezierska's "Bread Givers"

September 13, 1925

Anzia Yezierska's best-known novel, Bread Givers, received a glowing review in the New York Times on September 13, 1925.

German-language "Die Deborah" first published

August 24, 1855

Die Deborah, the most important German-Jewish newspaper in the U.S. in its time, debuted on August 24, 1855.

Amy Loveman helps found "Saturday Review of Literature"

August 2, 1924

Born in 1881, Amy Loveman shaped the literary choices of generations of readers through her work with two important institutions: The Saturday R

First syndicated appearance of "Rhymes With Orange"

June 19, 1995

The cartoon strip Rhymes With Orange appeared in syndication for the first time on June 19, 1995.

First woman to cycle the globe begins journey

June 25, 1894

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, known as Annie Londonderry, began a round-the-world bicycle trip. She became the first woman to travel around the globe by bicycle.

Birth of multi-talented Ruth Hagy Brod

May 31, 1911

Born in New York City on May 31, 1911, and raised in Chicago, Ruth Hagy Brod had a varied career that took her from the newsroom to Latin America

Publication of "Jewish and Female"

June 1, 1984

Susan Weidman Schneider's Jewish and Female: Choices and Changes in Our Lives Today was published on June 1, 1984.

Sylvia Porter one of first women honored as "Headliner"

June 5, 1943

When the National Headliners' Club included women in its ranks of prizewinning journalists for the first time in 1943, Sylvia Porter was one

"What is Women's History?"

June 5, 2005

On June 5, 2005, acclaimed historian Gerda Lerner received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Birth of feminist Letty Cottin Pogrebin

June 9, 1939

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, who has become one of the most well-known figures in both the Jewish and secular feminist movements, was born on Jun

Birth of Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, editor and commentator on American Jewish life

June 17, 1908

Born in Germany on June 17, 1908, Trude Weiss-Rosmarin became a major commentator on the nature of American Jewish life.

Lily Winner publishes a defense of open immigration in "The Nation"

May 18, 1921

Writer, playwright, and activist Winner was a progressive voice for immigrants and immigration reform.


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