5 Jewish Mothers That Made History
Everyone knows a Jewish mother is a formidable force, whether she is cooking up some chicken soup of sitting on the United States Supreme Court.
We’ve rounded up here 5 impressive Jewish moms who have made history over the years, though the list is far from complete. Read our picks–then go call your mother!
Aviva Shalit is the tireless mother of Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier who was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas. During his time in bondage, Aviva worked alongside her husband to petition the Israeli and foreign governments, stage sit ins, and arrange protests and walks around the world–she literally drew together millions of Jews internationally to raise awareness for her son’s cause.
Last October, President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen to take over the Federal Reserve, making her the first woman to ever hold the position. The Jewish economist worked closely with past-head Ben Bernanke on saving the US banking system after the 2008 financial bust, and was key in the reserve’s work to keep interest rates at record-breaking lows.
Bella Abzug was the first Jewish woman elected to Congress and a noted women’s rights activist and leader in the women’s movement of the early ‘60’s. Born July 24, 1920, just a month before the 19th amendment ensuring a woman’s right to vote went through, she worked to honor those heroines who secured her spot inside the voting booth. She helped form the National Women’s Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, and in 1971 she successfully petitioned for a national Women’s Equality Day to remember the efforts of those activists who came before her.
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