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Q&A: Joyce Antler on "Women's Liberation and Jewish Identity"

I first read the Joyce Antler’s book The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America as an undergraduate, deep in the thrall of Jewish feminist academia.

And the winner is ... no one?

The 2010 winner of the $25,000 Wendy Wasserstein Prize for playwriting is apparently nobody.

Wendy Wasserstein, 1950 - 2006

Most of the remembrances and reflections that have been published since the death of playwright Wendy Wasserstein on January 30, 2006 praise her for giving voice to the experience of the women of her generation. In an interview conducted last year, on behalf of the Jewish Women's Archive, by filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver, Wasserstein conveyed her deep commitment to portraying that experience.

Lois Levin Roisman, 1938 - 2008

My mother, a leader in Jewish philanthropy and a Judaic poet and playwright, didn't believe in God. She was not interested in organized religion. But she was a deeply and inspirationally Jewish woman.

Betty Comden, 1917 - 2006

"New York, New York,
a helluva town
The Bronx is up and the Battery's down
The people ride in a hole in the ground
New York, New York, it's a helluva town."

Premiere of the musical "Show Boat," based on a novel by Edna Ferber

December 27, 1927

"Show Boat", based on Edna Ferber's book of the same name, premiered on Broadway. It is considered the first modern American musical.

Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" is banned in Boston

December 14, 1935

Boston's Mayor Frederick Mansfield banned production of Lillian Hellman's play "The Children's Hour."

Wendy Wasserstein first woman playwright to win Tony Award

June 4, 1989

Wendy Wasserstein became the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play, for "The Heidi Chronicles."

Lily Winner publishes a defense of open immigration in The Nation

May 18, 1921

Lily Winner published an essay titled "American Emigrés" arguing for open immigration to the United States in "The Nation."

Publication of Merle Feld's "A Spiritual Life: A Jewish Feminist Journey"

April 1, 1999

Merle Feld's "A Spiritual Life: A Jewish Feminist Journey" was published.

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