Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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TAMAR PELLEG-SRYCK (1926–)

Tamar Pelleg-Sryck, a human rights lawyer and an Israeli Jew, has devoted her legal career to the defense of Palestinians under Israeli occupation. While her early education was not in the area of law, her political activism prompted her to seek such a degree at the age of 60, and she has used this education to challenge the human rights abuses of the Israeli occupation. Pelleg-Sryck has helped to enlarge the scope of the occupation officials’ accountability and narrowed the gap between the law and its practice in the Occupied Territories. Through her tireless efforts, she has sought to improve both prison conditions and the treatment of Palestinian prisoners. In addition, methodologically, her unique practice of “being there”—being present when human rights violations were occurring; her cooperative work with Palestinian lawyers, organizations, and individuals; her regular publications in the Hebrew press; her cooperation, advice to, and reports to human rights organizations around the world; and her infinite filing of complaints with the Israeli authorities—have been hallmarks of Pelleg-Sryck’s work to alleviate human rights abuses against the Palestinians.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Tamar’s mother, Lydia Unkovskaya, was a Russian Christian from Moscow who converted to Judaism when she met her husband, Jacob Eliasberg, from Pinsk. After marrying, they settled in the Jewish shtetel in Pinsk, then part of Poland. Tamar, the only child of this union, was born in 1926. Religion played no part in Tamar’s home life, yet both Christian and Jewish holidays were observed in a rather idiosyncratic way. While Zionism was not stressed at home, Jewish consciousness, pride, and values were strongly advocated. Tamar recalls that in her youth she felt alienated from her schoolmates and friends because

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  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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