Rest in Power: Ruth B. Mandel—Holocaust Survivor and Distinguished Feminist Activist

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This post originally appeared on the Center for American Progress. It has been republished with permission.

Ruth B. Mandel led Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics from 1995 until last year. (Eagleton Institute of Politics)

Professor Ruth B. Mandel, who escaped the Holocaust with her family and devoted her life to promoting democracy and civic engagement, died on Saturday, April 11. Her death at age 81 was caused by ovarian cancer.

Ruth was the driving force behind the creation of the Center for American Women and Politics from its founding in 1971. At a time when no one thought there was a subject to study, Ruth was in the vanguard of those creating the subject.

At the time of her death, Mandel was Board of Governors Professor of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit…

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