From Queen Esther of the Purim story to 17th century rabbinical scholar Asenath Barzani, and from poet and Haganah martyr Hannah Senesh to former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and former U.S. Representative Bella Abzug, these five Jewish women changed the world, each in their own way.

00:00 Intro
00:22 Queen Esther of the Purim story
02:44 Asnat Barzani
04:35 Hannah Senesh
07:08 Golda Meir
09:37 Bella Abzug
11:11 Outro

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— Barry Skolnick
Co-Executive Producer:
— Shmuel Katz
Translation credits:
Portuguese: Saymon Pires,, @safralivraria

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