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Most Outstanding Jewish American Women of our Time

Happy Women's History Month!

Rosalyn Yalow, the first woman born and educated in the United States to win a Nobel Prize in a scientific field.

Gertrude Weil (far left), with other prominent North Carolina suffragists. Gertrude Weil's passion for equality and justice shaped the course of her long life. Weil stood courageously at the forefront of a wide range of progressive and often controversial causes, including women's suffrage, labor reform and civil rights.

Henrietta Szold was the founder of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of American, Inc. Largely under Szold's leadership, Hadassah created the infrastructure for a modern medical system in Palestine that serves both Jews and Arabs. Szold spent most of the last twenty-five years of her life in Palestine, overseeing numerous health, educational, and social service institutions that would become an integral part of the State of Israel.

Women of Valor - Henrietta Szold | Jewish Women's Archive

Gloria Steinem recognized around the world as a writer, speaker, political activist, and feminist visionary.

Felice Schwartz founded Catalyst, which dedicated itself to expanding opportunities for women in business. Through Catalyst, Schwartz effected long lasting changes that reshaped the American business world into a more inclusive, women-friendly environment.

Judith Resnick was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger during the launch of its mission. Resnik was the second American woman and the second Jewish person in space, logging 145 hours in orbit.

Annie Londonderry was the world's first international female sports star who transcended the limitations of her time, and displayed independence and bravery by being the first person to ride a bicycle around the world.

June 25: Annie's Bicycle Ride - Jewish Currents

Ruth Handler changed the face of the toy industry with her introduction of the Barbie doll in 1959. Co-founder of the Mattel toy company, Handler was also noted for her marketing innovations. She later went on to a successful second career in the prosthetic breast business.

Hannah Greenbaum Solomon, the visionary founder of the National Council of Jewish Women, spent her lifetime organizing communities to work cooperatively for social good.

Anne Frank is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world's most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Charlotte "Eppy" Epstein was known as "Mother of Women's Swimming in America" after she founded the Women's Swimming Association and coached the Women's Olympic Swimming Team in the 1920s.

Charlotte “Eppy” Epstein