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Bronx Women Past & Present Leave 
Their Mark on the Borough...

 and Beyond

Helen Kane: born in Hunts Point, but growing up in Soundview, she became the symbol of a 1920s flapper. She became a widely-known singer, with kewpie-doll looks and a doll-like voice. Nervousness led her to add the nonsense phrase "boop-boop-de-doop" to her songs, and she was nicknamed Betty Boop, a name later applied to a cartoon character that mimicked her style.

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
Nobel Prize Winner

Maria Febus , native Bronxite, to manage Williamsbridge Oval, St. James and Poe parks and the Mosholu Parkway Greenway and others as the new Community Board #7 Park Manager.

Mary J. Blige
Queen of Hip Hop Soul

Rose Marie Bravo
Fashion Flash!
What does a woman from the
Bronx have to do with the legendary British
Burberry Trench Coat?

Barbara Tallerman, creator of,
honored by South Bronx Board of Trade as 
Business Woman of the Year

Karen Kennedy "paints the sky"  green and white atop the Empire State Building, honoring Donate Life Month and her mother Verna.

Sandra Maria Esteves
One of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement.

Mary Higgins Clark writes memoir Kitchen Privileges that opens with anecdotes about Bronx childhood.

Ellen Amy Levine--
Tree Lover, Founds





Jennifer Lopez  
Born in the Bronx, New
York, Jennifer lived in the
"Castle Hill" section and
had to take the 6 train to
get to Manhattan for work,
hence the name of her
first album, "On the Six."


National Award for
Local Yiddish Poet


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