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Human Rights

In the Name of Allah: What a Young Afghani Woman Has Taught Me

Tell someone a story, and you don’t know what will happen next.

Last summer I was lucky to study at the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Institute for Educators. We spent five intense days learning the Living the Legacy curriculum with top scholars in social activism, Jewish feminism and history. In the coming months, I will be using Living the Legacy to teach a series of social justice workshops to teens in western Massachusetts.

But something else happened because of what I learned at the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Rosalie Silberman Abella speaks on "Identity, Diversity, and Human Rights" at Harvard

March 1, 2010

Canada Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella spoke at Harvard University about how her family's Holocaust story informs her view of human rights.

Rhonda Copelon, 1944 - 2010

By Charlotte Bunch

Rhonda Copelon often worked behind the scenes, but her finger prints, or perhaps I should say brain waves, are all over many of the most important breakthroughs in progressive feminist advances both in the United States and globally.

Donna E. Arzt, 1954 - 2008

Recalling her undergraduate career at Barnard College, where she studied anthropology with the great anti-racist scholar Franz Boas, Margaret Mead remembered vigorous arguments over "whether or not Jews had a 'chromosome' for social justice." Mead never met Donna Arzt. But in her a genetic disposition to the appeal of tikkun olam was evident, in the course of a life devoted to deploying the law in behalf of progressive causes of special concern to the Jewish people.

Diana Mara Henry's photographs of the Women's Pentagon Action protest march

November 17, 1980

Photographer Diana Mara Henry documented historic women’s march on the Pentagon.

Lynn Amowitz: physician for human rights

Lynn Amowitz was born and raised in North Carolina.  Her community had very few Jews –- so few that her parents founded a synagogue in order for her to have a Bat Mitzvah.  Amowitz suffered anti-semitic harassment from her peers, an experience which, she said, led to her work in human rights.

Podcast: Rita Arditti on Being Invisible in Argentina

As April comes to a close and as we kick off Jewish American Heritage Month in May, we're featuring an oral history clip of Rita Arditti as our podcast of the month. With her lilting Spanish-accented English, Arditti's voice is striking, as her journey is unique - perhaps one that many of us don't immediately associate with Jewish American heritage.

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, anti-discrimination pioneer

November 12, 1900

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, public activist and pioneer in the fight for women's and human rights.

Helen Suzman

Helen Suzman's courage, dedication and great ability in the parliamentary opposition to apartheid won her worldwide recognition.

Ernestine Rose

Ernestine Rose’s extemporaneous speeches on religious freedom, public education, abolition, and women’s rights earned her the title “Queen of the Platform.”

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Human Rights." (Viewed on December 19, 2014) <http://jwa.org/tags/human-rights>.

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