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This Week in History: On November 18, 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug convened the first National Women's Conference. Miriam Cantor-Stone discusses the impact of bringing people from grassroots feminist groups across the country together to decide on a national agenda.
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This Week in History: On November 18, 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug convened the first National Women's Conference. Miriam Cantor-Stone discusses the impact of bringing people from grassroots feminist groups across the country together to decide on a national agenda.

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Madame Alexander's Wendy doll, from the 2004 Total Moves collection.
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Madame Alexander's Wendy doll, from the 2004 Total Moves collection.

Barbies Are For Boys Too

Beatrice Alexander was a Jewish entrepreneur in the early 20th century. She was raised in New York’s Lower East Side in extreme poverty, but eventually became the founder of the widely successful Alexander Doll Company. 

Madame Alexander Doll

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Madame Alexander's Wendy doll, from the 2004 Total Moves collection
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Madame Alexander's Wendy doll, from the 2004 Total Moves collection

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Social Entrepreneurship: When the Political Becomes Personal

The Jewish Women’s Archive and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York are joining together to honor JWFNY’s fourteen Isha Koach honorees for this year. Each of these social entrepreneurs were shaped by experiences where abstract social or environmental problems suddenly became very concrete.

Volunteer Hands

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Volunteer hands.
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Volunteer hands.

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Artists For A Cause

While my Jewish views are different from Helène’s, she and I have similar artistic views. Just like Helène, I think art can be utilized as a powerful weapon to fight various forms of oppression and injustice. I believe that art ought to be used more often in the everlasting fight for gender equality. 

Why Don’t I Know More About Bella Abzug?

Among the many treats in Gloria Steinem’s new memoir My Life on the Road are the bevy of stories starring women who appear on jwa.org: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Gerda Lerner, Betty Friedan, and even Emma Goldman earned mentions. But as I read Steinem’s book, one name made more appearances than the rest: Bella Abzug.

How The Internet Made Me A Better Jew (Also, A Feminist)

The variety of feminist voices gives me all the more reason to look for a variety of Jewish voices. Both Judaism and feminism give me the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with feeling like you truly belong somewhere. These two aspects of my life are so closely intertwined that sometimes I can’t even tell one from the other, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Delaney Hoffman in Shadow

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Author Delaney Hoffman in shadow.

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Author Delaney Hoffman in shadow.

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