JWA News Release: Jan 8, 2003
Jewish Women's Archive Posters Change View of Jewish Women
BROOKLINE, MA, Jan 1, 2003—The Jewish Women's Archive's (JWA) Women of Valor posters and educational materials breathe new life into the stories of remarkable Jewish women. Now available in a complete set of 18, the posters are altering the physical space and educational environment in thousands of institutions across North America and abroad.
"The institutions that use the posters in programming are changing what Jewish kids—boys and girls—learn," said Jennifer Sartori, Woman of Valor Program Director. "People are gaining a more complete sense of what it's possible for Jewish women to be, without having to let go of their Jewish identity."
The Women of Valor materials spotlight a diverse array of women, including politician Bella Abzug; athlete Bobbie Rosenfeld; modern dancer and choreographer Anna Sokolow; anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff; philanthropist Rebecca Gratz and actress Molly Picon.
"These women are more than just important historical figures," says JWA Executive Director Gail Twersky Reimer. "They were trailblazers, each in their own areas. They're women whose determination to overcome barriers and whose courage to fight for what they believed in are the very definition of conviction. Truly these were women of valor, and we intend to see to it that their stories are told."
Extensive multimedia exhibits at jwa.org/womenofvalor complement the Women of Valor poster set. The most recent addition is an Emma Goldman exhibit featuring a wide variety of photographs and documents as well as biographical and contextual information about the radical activist. JWA's new Primary Sources online educational resource, geared towards educators, makes it easier to integrate historical artifacts into existing curricula and programs. Primary Sources can be found in the Educator-focused "Teach" section of jwa.org.
The posters and accompanying resource guides are available through the JWA website or by calling JWA at (617) 232-2258.
The mission of the Jewish Women's Archive is to uncover, chronicle and transmit the rich legacy of Jewish women and their contributions to our families and our communities, to our people and our world. JWA uses traditional methods and emerging technologies to accomplish this mission. The JWA website is at jwa.org .