Jewish women are renowned for being strong figures and trailblazers, all the way back to Biblical times. Today, Jewish women are making their mark in many areas of business and having a major impact on the world. Check out these amazing Jewish female business leaders that are changing the very fabric (sometimes quite literally!) of our everyday lives.
The daughter of legendary fashion designer Max Azria of BCBG, Joyce Azria has set off on her own ventures and started the clothing lines Avec Les Filles and Rohb. She also has a modest fashion line called WUKOgals, and she’s a mother, wife and proud convert. Reflecting on her time as an entrepreneur in Mispacha magazine, Azria said, “In business, there are times where you don’t know how you’re going to pull something off, and then, with a little faith, it all falls perfectly in place.”
Sheryl Sandberg has been the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook since 2008, and she has a net worth of $1.7 billion. She was a pioneer of small business advertising for the social network, and frequently defends the site in light of the data privacy scandals it’s faced. She wrote the now-famous female empowerment book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. In it, she said, “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
Chaya Chanin and Simi Polonsky
Chaya Chanin and Simi Polonsky, two New York City-based sisters, are the founders of fashion brand The Frock NYC. They launched with a pop-up shop in 2010, and specialize in modest, but fashionable, women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. Though the sisters are Jewish, in an article from ABC, Polonsky said they are appealing to all women who want to dress a little more modestly. “Over the past few years we’ve had hundreds and hundreds of women emailing us, and they would say things like, ‘I’m Jewish or I’m Muslim or I’m Mormon or I’m Christian, and I never felt connected to my faith because I didn’t like the way they dressed and I couldn’t figure out how to combine the two, but when I see you guys I’m like, maybe I can.’”
Safra Catz, who was born in Israel, has been the CEO of Oracle since 2014. She also served as the company’s president and is a director of The Walt Disney Company. Catz has a net worth of $1 billion and graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is reportedly married to writer Gal Tirosh, and they have two children together. Catz is fairly secretive and rarely speaks to the press.
Jewish women clearly dominate the fashion world. Tory Burch, who was born to a Jewish mother, is a well-known fashion designer and philanthropist with a net worth of $850 million. In 2015, Forbes even ranked her the 73rd most powerful woman in the world. In an inspiring college commencement address, she said, “If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.”