RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone

by Nadine Epstein, introduction and selection by Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Select one woman from the book and tell us why this woman inspires you.

Available wherever books are sold, libraries and at



9th-12th grade students.

All genders encouraged to submit an essay.



450-600 words



Submit entries by May 31, 2022

Include your name, email address, school name, city/state.



1st Place – $118

2nd Place – $54

Winning essays will be published on Moment Magazine’s website.



Suzanne Borden, Director of Special Projects


Select one woman from the book and tell us why this woman inspires you.

RUTH BADER GINSBURG – Role Model to a Nation

Biblical Times

MIRIAM – Courageous Sister Who Saved Her Brother–and Her People

YOCHEVED – Defiant Mother Who Saved Her Son–and Her People

BATYA – Daughter of Pharaoh and Devoted Convert Who Rescued a Hebrew Baby

SHIFRA and PUAH – Midwives Who Outwitted the Egyptian Ruler

DEBORAH – Respected Judge, Leader, Warrior –and Prophet

Ancient Israel

SALOME ALEXANDRA – Queen of the Jews and Wise Leader

Sixteenth Century

GRACIA MENDES NASI – Visionary Shipping Magnet Who Helped Jews Find Safe Places to Live

Seventeenth Century

GLUCKEL OF HAMELN – Savvy Businesswoman Who Wrote Her Own Story

Eighteenth Century

REBECCA GRATZ – Founder and Organizer of America’s First Social Services Organizations

Nineteenth Century

ERNESTINE ROSE – Trailblazing Feminist and Fighter for the Abolition of Slavery

FANNY MENDELSSOHN – Talented Pianist and Composer Overshadowed by the Success of Her Famous Brother

EMMA LAZARUS – Poet Moved by the Plight of Immigrants Whose Words Continue to Inspire America

LILLIAN D. WALD – Champion of Community Healthcare for the Poor

EMMY NOETHER – Pioneering Mathematical Genius Who Developed the Field of Abstract Algebra

ROSE SCHNEIDERMAN – Relentless Advocate on Behalf of Poor Working Women

SARAH SCHENIRER – Self-Taught Teacher Who Created a Movement to Educate Orthodox Women

HENRIETTA SZOLD – Scholar and Activist Who Laid the Foundation for and Transformed Healthcare in Israel

FLORENCE PRAG KAHN – First Jewish Congresswoman in the United States

GOLDA MEIR – First and Only Female Prime Minister of Israel

GERTRUDE BERG – Radio and Television Star Who Built a Media Empire

Twentieth Century

REGINA JONAS – First Ordained Female Rabbi in Jewish History

RITA LEVI-MONTALCINI – Neurobiologist Who Won the Nobel Prize in Medicine

BESSIE MARGOLIN – Pioneering Lawyer for Equal Rights and Equal Pay for Women

BELLA ABZUG – Lawyer and Congresswoman with a Bold Voice for Women’s Rights

ROSALIND FRANKLIN – Ingenious Biophysicist Who Discovered the Structure of DNA

BETTY FRIEDAN – Author and Organizer Who Led the Fight for “Women’s Liberation”

NADINE GORDIMER – Nobel Prize-Winning Writer and Activist for Human Rights in South Africa

MURIEL FAYE (“MICKIE”) SIEBERT – Wall Street Maverick and First Woman on the New York Stock Exchange

ANNE FRANK – Young Writer Who Kept an Inspirational Diary While Hiding from the Nazis

ROBERTA PETERS – American Soprano Who Achieved Fame as a Singing Star and Popularized Opera in the United States

JUDITH RESNIK – Astronaut and First Jewish Woman to Travel to Space