When History Repeats

May Day: Celebrating through protest


Goldman speaking about the Spanish anarchists at a May Day rally in Hyde Park, London, May 1, 1937. Photo published

Happy May Day! Originally, May Day was a pagan springtime festival, roots of which survive in the traditions of flower-festooned maypoles and the crowning of the “Queen of the May.” Since the late 19th century, it has also been a workers’ holiday. Though in the US it has been officially replaced (and I would argue, coopted) by Labor Day in September, May Day remains an occasion for social protest of many kinds.

Enthusiastic agitators: Jewish women on birth control


I'm not the first one to point out how outrageous it is that in 2012, birth control is a controversial political issue. In these trying times, it helps to look back to the Jewish women who have come before us--and already fought this war for us--for outrage, guidance, and inspiration.

Below are some thoughts from Jewish women on contraception, taken from the handy book, The Quotable Jewish Woman, edited and compiled by Elaine Bernstein Partnow.

Liberals Are That Way Too?


Rick, Danny, Jonah, Mark and Brad. One might think this is a list of possible names for you new baby boy.

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" premieres at Holocaust Memorial Museum


"In the Land of Blood and Honey" poster

Angelina Jolie (not a Jewess but a definite do-gooder) visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum last week to premiere

They will spit: In the tradition of Miriam, Jewish women will continue to challenge the establishment


Miriam and Aaron complain against Moses

The ultra-orthodox establishment in Israel is reportedly losing sleep over women’s demands for equality.

Hot Buttons: Conversations Without Women are Not Cool


Gail Reimer

A little over 15 years ago, I found my calling. While attending a Jewish Funder’s Network conference, I received a monograph on Jewish social justice circulated to all conference participants.

Her Hat Was In The Ring: New site shares stories of women in politics before 1920


Rose Schneiderman

Kristen Gwinn, Wendy Chmielewski, and Jill Norgren, students of women's history, had a goal: To explore whether women ran for elective office in substantial numbers before ratification of the Ninet

Meet Steampunk Emma Goldman


Steampunk Emma Goldman
Steampunk LGBT equality rally flyer

One of my favorite aspects about being Jewish is mixing tradition with the present.

Gloria Steinem: Her words as relevant today as ever


Steinem, Gloria 1 - still image [media]

Last week, a group of JWA staffers gathered on our lunch break to watch the HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.


Rising Voices


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