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Jessie Shirley Bernard (Born Jessie Sarah Ravitch, June 8, 1903, Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. – October 6, 1996, Washington, D.C.) , a sociologist and noted feminist scholar. She was professor at Washington University.[1] her works on women, sex, marriage, and the interaction of the family and community are notable.[2] There is an award named after her, Jessie Bernard Award.



  • Academic Women (1964)
  • American Community Behavior (1949. Rev. ed. 1952)
  • American Family Behavior (1942)
  • “Biculturality.” In Jews in a Gentile World, edited by Isacque Graeber and Steuart H. Britt (1942)
  • The Female World (1981)
  • The Female World from a Global Perspective (1987)
  • The Future of Marriage (1972)
  • The Future of Motherhood (1975)
  • Marriage and Family Among Negroes (1966)
  • “My Four Revolutions.” American Journal of Sociology 78 (1973): 773–791
  • Origins of American Sociology, with Luther L. Bernard (1943)
  • Remarriage: A Study of Marriage (1956)
  • Self-Portrait of a Family (1978)
  • The Sex Game (1968)
  • Social Problems at Midcentury (1957)
  • The Sociology of Community (1972)
  • Women and the Public Interest (1971).[3]

Books About her

  • Bannister, Robert C. Jessie Bernard: The Making of a Feminist (1991)
  • Bernard, Jessie and Luther L. Bernard. Papers. Labor Archives, Pennsylvania State University Library, University Park
  • Deegan, Mary Jo. “Jessie Bernard.” In Women in Sociology: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook (1991)
  • Howe, Harriet. “Jessie Bernard.” Sociological Inquiry 64 (1994): 10–22
  • Lipman-Blumen, Jean. “Jessie Bernard—A ‘Reasonable Rebel.’” Gender and Society 3 (1988): 271–273; Obituaries. NYTimes, October 11, 1996, B9, and Washington Post, October 10, 1996, E4.[3]


  1. ^ Robert McG. Thomas, Jr., "Jessie Bernard, 93: Ideas Inspired Feminists," New York Times, 11 Oct. 1996.
  2. ^ "Jessie Bernard." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 07 Sep. 2009 <>.
  3. ^ a b Bannister, Robert C.. "Jessie Bernard." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 1 March 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. September 7, 2009 <>.

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