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New Resource on Jewish Women

Photograph of Gertrude Stein in her salon, writing

Photograph of Gertrude Stein in her salon, writing; Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Earlier this month, the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) announced the launch of Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, giving free online access to a rich resource that had only been available via CD-Rom. The Encyclopedia includes over 1,700 biographies, 300 thematic essays, and 1,400 photographs and illustrations.

Edited by Paula Hyman of Yale University and Dalia Ofer of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Encyclopedia contains content from over 1,000 independent scholars on a wide range of Jewish women through the centuries—from Gertrude Berg to Gertrude Stein; Hannah Greenbaum Solomon to Hannah Arendt; the Biblical Ruth to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Gloria Steinem praised the Encyclopedia as “user-friendly and thoughtfully compiled, as much a joy for the casual browser as for those who come with a purpose. Whether you are a scholar in search of the past, a journalist in need of facts in the present, or a young Jewish girl looking for role models for dreams of the future, the encyclopedia is a treasure-trove.”

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