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Pro Choice Protester, 2010

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Ottawa Pro Choice Presence at the 2010 National March for Life.
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Ottawa Pro Choice Presence at the 2010 National March for Life.
Photo by Jenn Farr via Flickr

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Jewish veterans of 1960s women’s movement convened at New York University

April 10, 2011

Jewish veterans of 1960s women’s movement gathered in New York City.

Not this again: Women asked to move to the back of the bus in Brooklyn

"Women told they must ride back of the bus in Brooklyn"

I saw this headline on Jezebel.com and thought, "Not again." It's been less than two weeks since we heard about Yiddish signs asking Jewish women to "move to the side when a man approaches." Is it just me, or is the Hasidic/secular battle for public space in Brooklyn getting out of hand?

Barbara Rosenblit and Students at 2008 adDressing Women's Lives

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Barbara Rosenblit and Students at 2008 adDressing Women's Lives.

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Barbara Rosenblit and Students at 2008 adDressing Women's Lives.

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Gloria Steinem: Her words as relevant today as ever

Last week, a group of JWA staffers gathered on our lunch break to watch the HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.

Three ways not to celebrate Women's Equality Day

As second wave feminism gathered peak velocity forty years ago, the late bombastic and behatted Congresswoman (D-NY) Bella Abzug persuaded Congress to designate August 26th as Women’s Equality Day. It recognized the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that in 1920 gave all U.S. women the right to vote.

Gloria Steinem: An unheralded GLBT advocate

As I watched HBO’s incisive documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, one irony became clear instantly: Gloria Steinem is an icon who is utterly uncomfortable with the whole idea of being an icon.

Gloria Steinem, 1972

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Gloria Steinem at news conference, Women's Action Alliance, January 12, 1972.
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Gloria Steinem at news conference, Women's Action Alliance, January 12, 1972.
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Jewesses for Suffrage

On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting any citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex was ratified. Today, 91 years later, we take a look back at the Jewish women who dedicated their lives to women's suffrage in America and around the world. This is by no means a comprehensive list; so many Jewish women fought for suffrage, this is merely a sample of the stories we know.

How many more stories have yet to be told?

First Johanna Löwenherz Prize awarded to Simone Veil

July 17, 1987

Simone Veil, first European Parliament president, received the first Johanna Löwenherz Award, a bequest from a 19th century feminist.

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