Sally Priesand, first female ordained rabbi in the U.S.
"One of the things I think feminism has brought to our society is the opportunity to discover people we’ve never known about. One of the reasons I wrote for this book and I supported this book was that I want to make sure future generations will know the story. So many people now, they’ve never known a world without women as rabbis. I think they really don’t understand what some of us went through, are still going through, to make that an option for little girls."
"Some of that is still happening now. Rabba Sara Hurwitz, the first female Modern Orthodox rabbi — when I listen to her, I often think there are so many things she’s going through that I went through. When I first came to Hebrew Union College, they thought I came to marry a rabbi rather than be one. I wasn’t really taken all that seriously at the beginning…. I always felt the need to be better, to do better than any of my classmates."
Washington Post, Photograph via RNS