The Quotable Jewish Woman


Elaine Bernstein Partnow (Editor)

Publication Year



Woman & Child


Jewish Lights

The Quotable Jewish Woman: Wisdom, Inspiration and Humor from the Mind and Heart Paperback – February 1, 2007  

by Elaine Bernstein Partnow (Editor)

The words of Jewish women to inspire, enlighten and enrich your life.

is the definitive collection of ideas, reflections, humor, and wit by Jewish women. Compiler Elaine Bernstein Partnow (The Quotable Woman) brings together the voices of over 300 women―including women of the Bible, actors, poets, humorists, scientists, and literary and political figures―whose ideas, activism, service, talent, and labor have touched the world.

Quoted women include:

Bella Abzug • Hannah Arendt • Lauren Bacall • Aviel Barclay • Judy Blume • Susan Brownmiller • Judy Chicago • Jennifer Connelly • Gerty Theresa Cori • Deborah • Anita Diamant • Phyllis Diller • Delia Ephron • Marcia Falk • Dianne Feinstein • Anne Frank • Rosalind Franklin • Anna Freud • Betty Friedan • Carol Gilligan • Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Rebecca Gratz • Blu Greenberg • Erica Jong • Frida Kahlo • Donna Karan • Faye Kellerman • Carole King • Ann Landers • Este Lauder • Emma Lazarus • Rosa Luxemburg • Golda Meir • Bette Midler • Miriam • Bess Myerson • Cynthia Ozick • Dorothy Parker • Belva Plain • Letty Cottin Pogrebin • Ayn Rand • Gilda Radner • Adrienne Rich • Joan Rivers • Ethel Rosenberg • Sandy Eisenberg Sasso • Hannah Senesh • Fanchon Shur • Raven Snook • Gertrude Stein • Barbra Streisand • Kerri Strug • Henrietta Szold • Barbara Tuchman • Barbara Walters • Dr. Ruth Westheimer • Naomi Wolf • Rosalyn Yalow • and many more …

From winners of Nobel Prizes and Oscars to lesser known but equally remarkable women from many countries and backgrounds, this book is an inspirational gateway to the thoughts and lives of Jewish women, both contemporary and ancient.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

What do 317 Jewish women have to say on 72 topics from feminism to friendship, fashion and shopping, violence and rape, Israel and Judaism, truth, lies and superstitions, sex and success? Answer: A lot. Partnow (The Quotable Woman) gathers their wisdom and humor in 2,400 quotations that reflect diverse scholarly, social, literary, theatrical, political and spiritual worlds. All the women “have helped heal the world with their ideas, their activism, their service, their talent and their labor,” she writes. Like the editor herself, readers may be surprised to find among this Who’s Who of Jewish Women financial adviser Sylvia Porter, philosopher-writer Ayn Rand, actor Winona Ryder and artist Frida Kahlo, alongside more predictable choices like Anne Frank and Golda Meir. “That’s part of the fun of this book—these discoveries,” notes Partnow. An index allows readers to locate quotes by author rather than subject. The one-paragraph biographies of each woman are perhaps the most fascinating part of the book, adding a personal dimension to the women’s fascinating achievements. The collection’s strength lies in diversity; as author and activist Grace Paley writes: “You have an opinion. I have an opinion. Life don’t have no opinion.” Many opinions fill these pages, something to inspire every reader.
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From the Inside Flap

Connect with your Jewish sisters—from both yesterday and today.

“My mother, my aunts, my own grandmothers float back to me, young and vibrant once more, making days holy in the sanctuaries of their kitchens, feeding me, cradling me, connecting me to the intricately plaited braid of their past, and even at this moment, looking down the corridor of what’s to come, I see myself join them as they open their arms wide to enfold my children and grandchildren in their embrace.”
—Faye Moskowitz, And the Bridge Is Love, 1991

The Quotable Jewish Woman offers a distinctive look at the world through the eyes of Jewish women throughout history and today. More than 300 Jewish women from many countries and backgrounds share their insights on a variety of timeless and timely topics, including:

Age & Aging
Beauty & Appearance
Celebrations & Holidays
Death & Grief
Faith, Religion, the Bible & Spirituality
Feminism & Women’s Liberation
Humor & Comedy
Jews & Judaism
Love & Desire
Mothers & Motherhood
Politics, Politicians & Leadership
Success, Dreams & Achievement
Work & Working
And much more …

About the Author

Elaine Bernstein Partnow is the author of several books, among them the now-classic The Quotable Woman. She is the online columnist of “Women of Wisdom” for, as well as a performing artist and playwright. You can visit Elaine online at

Elaine Partnow is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Jewish Sheroes
  • Funny Jewish Sheroes


Elaine Bernstein Partnow is an author, an actor, a quotologist, an editor, and a public speaker especially noted for her living history portrayals of notable women and for the nationally acclaimed book “The Quotable Woman, The First 5,000 Years” (Facts On File. 6th ed., 2010). A collection of almost 20,000 quotations from 167 nations by over 5,000 women, it has been in print since 1977. Other quotations collections include “The Quotable Jewish Woman” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004), “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions” (2008), and most recently, “The Little Book of the Spirit for Women” (Fall River, 2010). Among her other works are “Speaking With Power, Poise & Ease,” her first ebook, co-authored with her sister, Susan Partnow; “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your True Age” (2009), “The Female Dramatist” (1998), assisted by her niece, Lesley Anne Hyatt, and “The MacMillan Book of Photographic Artists and Innovators”(1983), co-authored with her husband, photographer Turner Browne. More on her books at and her editing at

Especially noted for her dozens of portrayals of fabulous women, which has been presented to tens of thousands of women, men and children internationally at more than 500 venues, Elaine is active in film, television and on various webisdoes. Recently she and her husband, photographer/cinematopher Turner Browne (with three books on Amazon; see, have been producing a documentary of Elaine’s living history portrayals: more info at

She has taught acting at all levels, including challenged children, and has directed teenagers in stage plays. Elaine has written, produced and acted in her own one-woman show, “Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection,” and was commissioned to write and perform another one-woman show, “Hispanic Women Speak.” She has two screenplays, two novels and a children’s book under her belt and continues to write both fiction and nonfiction as well as work as an editor and writing coach.

She teaches a variety of courses in adult extension–from how to get published to public speaking techniques. Included in several editions of Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in Entertainment, Partnow has been the on-line columnist of “Women of Wisdom” for the award-winning web site,

She lives in Van Nuys, CA with her photographer husband Turner Browne and their two dogs, Pip, a Jack Russell, and Deva, a rat terrier. Elaine and Deva have been a pet therapy team, visiting assisted care centers. Elaine has also done volunteer work as an educational interpreter for two park systems, the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Wakulla State Park and has mentored at schools.

Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580232361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580232364
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.2 x 22.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

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