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Elisabeth Israels Perry

Elisabeth Israels Perry holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Among her recent books are Belle Moskowitz: Feminine Politics and the Exercise of Power in the Age of Alfred E. Smith; The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women; and American Women in Political Parties, 1880–1960. She has also published articles on Eleanor Roosevelt’s early career, American Girl Scouting, and the political choices of women in post-suffrage New York. She was on the Editorial Advisory Board of Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997).

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