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This Raucous Jewish Stand-Up Comedienne Made Fat Jokes Before They Were In Style

By On November 7, 2017

Self-mockery is a staple of stand-up comedy, and few excelled at it as much as Totie Fields. The raspy-voiced Jewish comedienne is mostly forgotten today, but she made her name on late-night… Read More

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Clarice Lispector, Brazil’s Beloved Writer, Was Born in a Russian Shtetl

By On October 25, 2017

The modernist Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector is widely hailed as one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century. What you wouldn’t guess from that fact is that she was born… Read More

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What the Yiddish Diary of a 17th-Century German Woman Can Tell Us Today

By On August 3, 2017

The history of women can feel riddled with gaps, especially during times when education was the privilege of men. But one 17th-century Jewish woman, known as Gluckel of Hameln, left us a priceless window… Read More

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This Jewish Woman Should Have Been a Nazi Germany Gold Medalist

By On July 27, 2017

In 1936, Germany barred its own high jump champion from participating in the Olympics – even though she was on track to win gold. At a championship meet one month before the… Read More

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This Artist’s Chewing Gum Genitalia Was an Homage to the Holocaust

By On June 8, 2017

Vulvas fashioned out of chewing gum, ceramic vaginas, her own naked body – such were the materials of the first feminist artist to use vaginal imagery in her work—who happened to be… Read More

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The Jewish Woman Behind Celebrity American Dolls

By On May 24, 2017

These days, the true test of a celebrity’s, well, celebrity, rests with hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live or perhaps in coming out with a signature athleisure line (here’s looking at you, Beyoncé).… Read More

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Beyonce’s Coming to Seder

By On March 30, 2017

Have you ever wished Beyonce could lead your seder? This Passover, your wish can almost come true, with Beyonceder, the Pesach-Bey mashup meme series you didn’t know you needed (and its attendant… Read More

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This Bubbe’s White Wardrobe is NYC’s Hottest New Art

By On March 16, 2017

While she was alive, Sara Berman knitted, cooked, and babysat her grandchildren, Alex and Lulu. She had great style, and loved to help her grandkids arrange their closets. Her own NYC closet… Read More

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The Jewish Burlesque Dancer Who’s Fat & Proud of It

By On March 13, 2017

What’s a nice Jewish girl from the suburbs of D.C. doing taking her clothes off for money? Living out her childhood dream, and making a powerful, body-positive statement along the way. Fancy… Read More

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This Jewish Punk Heroine Died Tragically Young

By On March 13, 2017

The early ‘80s were an exciting time in New York’s music scene, and a young Jewish woman stood at the center of it all. Ruth Polsky was a prominent club promoter on… Read More

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Meet Vicki Baum, 19th-Century Novelist & Boxer

By On February 3, 2017

If you thought you were productive today, consider that Vicki Baum, a Jewish writer born in Vienna in 1888, wrote over 50 novels in her lifetime. Also, she was a boxer. Born… Read More

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Meet the Jewish Beauty Queens of India

By On January 20, 2017

When the first Miss India beauty pageant took place in 1947, it was no surprise that a stunning Bollywood starlet named Pramila won. She was a natural beauty, with wide, sparkling eyes… Read More

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