Will Jan Perry become the first African American Jewish woman mayor of LA?


Jan Perry

If Jan Perry has her way, Los Angeles will elect its first female mayor and its first Jewish mayor come 2013 – her. The 56-year-old Perry, who has represented Los Angeles’ 9th District for three t

"Personhood" amendments would write Christian perspectives into law


Tomorrow, Mississippi will vote on Initiative 26 and decide whether to dramatically alter their state constitution with the addition of the words:

Entitlement and its Discontents


This week, New York Magazine’s cover features an oral history of Ms. Magazine, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Women Strike for Peace: 50 years later


Abzug at Women Strike for Peace Protest

Fifty years ago yesterday, the 1961 formation of Women Strike for Peace (WSP) marked a new era for activism, creating a new stage on which women could conce

Jewesses in politics represent!


Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein

This week marks a big one when it comes to major anniversaries of Jewish women in politics.

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

Jane Harman to receive NJDC's inaugural Tzedek Award


Harman, Jane - still image [media]

The National Jewish Democratic Council is presenting its inaugural Tzedek Award tonight – and the http://www.njdc.org/events/view/njdc-honors-jane-harman-

Rep. Wasserman Schultz on abortion: 'This is personal'


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Anyone who has spent time arguing about politics–particularly hot-button issues like abortion–is familiar with “glazed-eyes, nodding syndrome” which is what happens when listeners (who may even agr

Three ways not to celebrate Women's Equality Day


Bella Abzug on the cover of Life Magazine

As second wave feminism gathered peak velocity forty years ago, the late bombastic and behatted Congresswoman (D-NY) Bella Abzug persuaded Congress to designate Au

Jewesses for Suffrage


Gertrude Weil poster

On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting any citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex was ratified. Today, 91 years later, we take a look back at the Jewish women who dedicated their lives to women's suffrage in America and around the world. This is by no means a comprehensive list; so many Jewish women fought for suffrage, this is merely a sample of the stories we know.

How many more stories have yet to be told?


Rising Voices


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