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Irene Melamed, 97

Tenafly, NJ


“Women have finally been recognized as equals”


  • Born August 1919 in Hillsdale, NJ

  • Worked in her family-owned dry-cleaning store and as men’s shop salesperson

  • Was married for 34 years

  • One daughter, one grandson


“Women have finally been recognized as equals. Women have always worked hard and are now getting the recognition. I never thought this day would come. Generations before me, like my mother, would have said this day should have come long ago. I have never missed an election, going back to FDR, and am excited to be a part of history.”

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