About this Collection
The Feinstein Center's oral history project consists of 48 interviews which were conducted by staff and volunteers between 1996 and 1999. They sought to capture and record the experiences of Jews who played a significant role in business, political, cultural, educational, philanthropic, and other aspects of the community,
About this Interview
Norma Shapiro recalls her childhood growing up in a Jewish household in Philadelphia and her accelerated progress through school and college, where she decided to pursue law. Her experiences of studying law abroad and teaching courses at the University of Pennsylvania led to her position as the first woman hired at the law firm Dechert, Priced & Rhoads in Philadelphia. She discusses her path towards pursuing a higher position and when she became a judge she was named the eighth woman in the country and the twelfth in the history of the United States. As a woman judge, Norma accounts her promotion of women taking prominent roles in society and her role as both a career woman and mother, stressing the relationship between her religious and secular life.
Biographical / Historical Note
"Preserving the Voices of History: The Feinstein Center Jewish Philadelphia Oral History Project" gathered an oral history collection containing the memory of Jews who were central to the growth and development of the Philadelphia Jewish community. The project focused on interviewing Jews who contributed to the integration of Jews in the larger Philadelphia community and on women and how they have integrated being a woman and being Jewish in the twentieth century.
- Norma L. Shapiro Oral History, October 5, 1998
- Jewish lawyers – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
- Shapiro, Norma L.
- Personal Names:
- Levy, Bert, Price, Phil
- Geographic Subject:
- Philadelphia (Pa.)
- Organization / Building:
- Joseph Pennell Elementary School (Philadelphia, Pa.), Cheltenham High, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.), Dechert, Price , Rhoads (Philadelphia, Pa.), Bar Association (Philadelphia, Pa.), Pennsylvania Commission on Women, National Association of Women Judges, Beth Am Israel Synagogue (Philadelphia, Pa.), Jewish Community Relations Council (Philadelphia, Pa.), Jewish Publication Society
- Repository Collection:
- Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories
- Oral Histories
- Contact SCRC for the audio recording corresponding to this transcript.
- Transcript Identifier:
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