Hannah Downing

2018-2019 Rising Voices Fellow Hannah Downing

Hannah Downing is a junior at Scripps College where she is pursuing a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She is an author, a poet, and an essayist, and describes her writing as having a distinctly Jewish perspective. She is also an alumna of the 2018–2019 JWA Rising Voices Fellowship cohort. In her free time, Hannah can be found baking pastries, watching trashy reality TV shows, and walking her dogs.

Blog Posts

Sign with #MeToo written on it

Someone You May Know

Hannah Downing

I never, ever imagined that I would be sexually harassed. I thought that my environment was safe, and that I was doing everything I could to keep myself safe.

Topics: Feminism, Schools
Hannah Downing at L'Taken Social Justice Seminar

Raising My Voice

Hannah Downing

I was in a room full of young Jewish liberals of diverse backgrounds, taking workshops on topics such as campaign finance reform and the history of abortion in the Talmud. What could be better!?

Hannah Downing in Yorkin, Costa Rica

Bananas and the Bourgeois (How I’m Confronting My Privilege)

Hannah Downing

Last summer, I embarked on a URJ Mitzvah Corps service trip to Costa Rica. As part of our program we spent a week in Yorkin, a community located in the Indigenous reserve of Bribri.

Man and Woman Talking, Question Marks

Let’s Talk about the C-Word

Hannah Downing

While I can understand why some feminists want to reclaim this word, I personally believe it’s one of the vilest things you can say to or about someone. It’s indicative of our society’s contempt and disgust for the female sex.

Topics: Feminism
Hannah Downing's Extended Family

Photographic Memory

Hannah Downing

I never paid much attention to our history when I was younger. I felt very disconnected from my Jewish past, as I had little grasp of what the Holocaust really was and what it meant to be Jewish, especially growing up in an area with few Jews.

Topics: Family, Holocaust

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hannah Downing." (Viewed on July 28, 2021) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/hannah-downing>.