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Where are the 'kick-ass' Jewish women?

Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds has got the Jewish blogosphere buzzing about revenge fantasies and what it means to see Jews 'kicking ass and takin' names' on the big screen.  Last week Newsweek gave us a run-down of films featuring hardcore Jews, including classic favorites like the Hebrew Hammer and the men of Defiance.  Surprise, surprise, there are no Jewish women represented.  At all. 

What's going on here?  Are there no films featuring kick-ass female Jewish characters?  To be honest, I'm having trouble thinking of any.  Please, help!

Who are your favorite kick-ass Jewish women, in film or real life?

How to cite this page

Berkenwald, Leah. "Where are the 'kick-ass' Jewish women?." 24 August 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on October 13, 2015) <>.


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