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"Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace" Book Cover by Melissa Klapper

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The front cover of historian Melissa R. Klapper's book Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940.
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The front cover of historian Melissa R. Klapper's book Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940.

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Taking Risks, Making Change: Bat Mitzvah and Other Evolving Traditions

Today, the Bat Mitzvah may seem like a routine aspect of a young girl's Jewish life. But less than 100 years ago, no public ceremony existed to mark a girl's coming of age, and over the past century, what a "Bat Mitzvah" looks like has continually shifted. This Go & Learn guide uses the letters from one girl's campaign to have the first Saturday morning Bat Mitzvah in her congregation as a case study for exploring how we confront controversial issues and make change in our communities.

Sally Gottesman's Bat Mitzvah Invitation, 1975

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Invitation to Sally Gottesman's Bat Mitzvah, May 1975.
Courtesy of Sally Gottesman
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Invitation to Sally Gottesman's Bat Mitzvah, May 1975.

Courtesy of Sally Gottesman

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Jordyn and Justin, March 2012

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Jordyn and Justin "lean in" on a Boston rooftop. March 2012.
Courtesy of Jordyn Rozensky.
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Jordyn and Justin "lean in" on a Boston rooftop. March 2012.

Courtesy of Jordyn Rozensky.

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Meet Beate Sirota Gordon – Who Knew?

Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2012), feminist and Asian arts impressario, was only 22 years old when she wrote women's rights into Japan’s constitution. In her postwar career as a director of performing arts, first for the Japan Society and then the Asia Society in New York City, she introduced Americans to Asian visual and performing arts, from Japanese wood block prints to Burmese music to Vietnamese puppets.

Beate Sirota Gordon, 1987

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Beate Sirota Gordon.

Taken by Photographer Mark Stern at the Asia Society in 1987.

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Beate Sirota Gordon.

Taken by Photographer Mark Stern at the Asia Society in 1987.

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Joyce Antler, 2012

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Joyce Antler, 2012.
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Joyce Antler, 2012.

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Women of Valor: Jewish Heroes Across Time

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"We Can Do It" Poster, circa 1943

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"We Can Do It" poster, c.1943.

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"We Can Do It" poster, c.1943.

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Screenshot of Rachel Sklar's Twitter Account

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Following Rachel Sklar (New York-based writer, entrepreneur and founder of Change the Ratio and The Li.st.) on Twitter, February 13, 2013.
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Following Rachel Sklar (New York-based writer, entrepreneur and founder of Change the Ratio and The Li.st.) on Twitter, February 13, 2013.

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