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Women's Studies

Adrienne Rich: navigating hope

The news of Adrienne Rich’s death yesterday at age 82 sent me immediately to my bookshelves and an extended swim through the currents of words she has left behind. All writers believe in the power of words—and maybe especially poets, whose words are fewer and so carefully chosen—but for me Rich’s writing particularly and persuasively argued for the ability of words, language, expression to create new realities, to change the world.

From Margin to March: What to make of Women's History Month

Here’s a not-so-secret little secret about me: I’m a major women’s history geek. I can go on about the stories of women’s lives for hours. Want to know about Emma Goldman?

Gail T. Reimer with Making Trouble/Making History Honorees, March 18, 2012

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Rebecca Traister, Elizabeth A. Sackler, Gail T. Reimer, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin at the JWA Making Trouble/Making History luncheon on March 18, 2012.

Photo by Dana Meilijson.

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Rebecca Traister, Elizabeth A. Sackler, Gail T. Reimer, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin at the JWA Making Trouble/Making History luncheon on March 18, 2012.

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Making trouble/making history at JWA's second annual luncheon

Sunday morning, as readers of the New York Times were mulling over a long and thoughtful article about Gloria Steinem's legacy, Steinem herself was with friends and fellow supporters of the Jewish Women's Archive to honor three remarkable Jewish women—Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Elizabeth A. Sackler, and Rebecca Traister — at JWA's second annual Making Trouble/Making History luncheon.

What can we learn from Jewish women partisans? Jewish Partisan Education Foundation announces 2012 Youth Writing Contest

Thanks to the success of feature film Defiance (2008), Americans now associate the history of Jewish partisans with the hunky Bielski brothers, played by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jaime Bell. In the film's depiction of their society hidden deep in the forest women contributed by cooking and gathering food but not so much as leaders or fighters. The real story of female Jewish partisans--in the Bielski encampment and elsewhere--is, of course, much richer.

Jewish Partisan Education Project 2012 Youth Writing Contest

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Jewish Partisan Education Project 2012 Youth Writing Contest
Jewish Partisan Education Project 2012 Youth Writing Contest

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"Our Bodies, Ourselves" First Edition Book Cover Print at JWA Office

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This is the first edition of the Our Bodies, Ourselves coursebook produced by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective in 1971. Of the 12 women who worked on the project, nine were Jewish, including Esther Rome, Joan Ditzion, Nancy Miriam Hawley, who is featured in JWA’s web exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution, and Paula Doress-Waters who contributed a scan of the cover to the exhibit.

This framed image hangs in the office of Judith Rosenbaum, JWA’s Director of Public History. JWA presented it to Judith in September of 2005 in recognition of her work on the Feminism exhibit. Judith says she loves the image because it captures so beautifully how Our Bodies, Ourselves evolved.

“At some point in these early printings, we realized that the title ‘Women and Their Bodies’ was itself a sign of our alienation from our bodies,” Nancy Miriam Hawley told JWA. “We changed the title to ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves,’ because that was what we were really talking about.”

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This is the first edition of the Our Bodies, Ourselves coursebook produced by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective in 1971. Of the 12 women who worked on the project, nine were Jewish, including Esther Rome, Joan Ditzion, Nancy Miriam Hawley, who is featured in JWA’s web exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution, and Paula Doress-Waters who contributed a scan of the cover to the exhibit.

This framed image hangs in the office of Judith Rosenbaum, JWA’s Director of Public History. JWA presented it to Judith in September of 2005 in recognition of her work on the Feminism exhibit. Judith says she loves the image because it captures so beautifully how Our Bodies, Ourselves evolved.

“At some point in these early printings, we realized that the title ‘Women and Their Bodies’ was itself a sign of our alienation from our bodies,” Nancy Miriam Hawley told JWA. “We changed the title to ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves,’ because that was what we were really talking about.”

Paula Hyman Teaching

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Paula Hyman, celebrated social historian, photographed while teaching.
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Paula Hyman with her Children, 1986

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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Summer 1986.
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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Summer 1986.
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Paula Hyman with her Children, 1986

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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Spring 1986.
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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Spring 1986.
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