In 1931, at the age of 20, Gruber began her trail-blazing life by graduating as the youngest ever female Ph.D. recipient. Becoming the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic; secretly escorting 1,000 Holocaust refugees from Naples to New York; and sitting down for tea with Virginia Woolf were only a few of the adventures that Gruber, now 99, has achieved.
With the unique perspective of a Jewish photojournalist close to the Roosevelt administration, Gruber was the embodiment of feminism long before the 1970s feminist movement, and recently received a lifetime achievement award at the Overseas Press Club of America.
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