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Radical Feminist Creations: The Mayyim Hayyim Mikveh

Emilia's piece was originally published on the Mayyim Hayyim Blog.

Last week at a planning meeting for the Girls Night Out event, I was asked to respond to the question: “Why do you want a mikveh?”

Many in the room shared answers about their personal immersions, family experiences, or just generally liking the idea of the place. When it came my turn, I looked at the woman next to me and said, “I want a mikveh because it is a radical feminist act to have one. It’s more political than you know.”

The woman next to me was Anita Diamant, my mother, and I don’t think she expected that answer. Truth be told I’m not sure I did either.

To read more of Emilia's thoughts, check out the Mayyim Hayyim blog. 

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Emilia Diamant and Anita Diamant
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Emilia Diamant and Anita Diamant.

How to cite this page

Diamant, Emilia. "Radical Feminist Creations: The Mayyim Hayyim Mikveh." 25 September 2013. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on October 23, 2016) <>.


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