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Ilana Goldberg

Ilana Goldberg

Ilana Goldberg is a senior at the Jewish Community High School in San Francisco. Ilana enjoys performing and watching musical theatre and learning new languages. This summer, Ilana spent seven weeks volunteering in the Dominican Republic.

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Ilana Goldberg, cropped

Facebook Feminism and Beyond

by Ilana Goldberg

Though I have always supported the general, frankly vague, idea of “women's rights,” I never thought that I of all people had to be an advocate for them. I didn't even really understand what rights women around me were being denied. Until high school, I truly thought that the only disparity that American women faced was that we could not participate in Major League Baseball. 

Topics: Feminism, Writing
Golda Meir, March 1, 1973

Meninists, Meir and Madeleine L'Engle

by Ilana Goldberg

Recently I have become aware of Meninist Twitter, an account with thousands of followers. An account whose purposes, as far as I can tell, are to argue that true gender equality means fighting for men's rights, to claim that women have an agenda that involves disadvantaging men, and, of course, to ridicule feminism.

Topics: Feminism
iPhone Screen

The Insincerity of Instagram

by Ilana Goldberg

I am not opposed to documenting experiences through photographs—often looking at one picture is enough for me to remember an entire sequence of events that I would otherwise have forgotten. However, in an age of social media, the obsession with producing a photo that makes an event look fun, that makes the people involved look glamorous, can be a misrepresentation of the event.

Alicia Garza

#Blacklivesmatter Matters

by Ilana Goldberg

2014 was a year when police brutality against black men was brought to the forefront of the American consciousness. The police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, along with no legal sentences for the perpetrators, arranged themselves into a pattern that was difficult for the public to miss. Among the responses were protests, riots, classroom discussions, and the swift rise of the hashtag “#blacklivesmatter.”

Topics: Civil Rights
Ilana Goldberg Puts on Lipstick

Ad Conscious and Self-Conscious

by Ilana Goldberg

Dove tells me I am beautiful as I am. Pantene exposes the double standard between men and women. Always reminds me that “like a girl” should never be an insult. 

Students at the Library circa 1910s

The Seditious Student: Small Steps to Rebellion

by Ilana Goldberg

I do not break rules. I color inside the lines, a textbook example of a goody two-­shoes. This is mainly because I am afraid of what will happen if I am caught breaking the rules. More specifically, I am afraid of the question of “why.” I like to have reasons for everything that I do, and so a question like, “Why did you hop that fence?” or “Why did you eat ice cream for breakfast?” leave me feeling like a complete deer in the headlights. 

Topics: Schools
Historic Fashion

Fashionably Frustrated: Confessions of a Shop-o-Phobic

by Ilana Goldberg

I was leading the feminist crusade toward an era where women would be judged not by the cuteness of their clothing but the content of their character. I, clad in ill-fitting yet fully functional attire, was the ascetic monk of the religion of Not Caring What Other People Think.

Labor Demonstration, 1915

Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca: The People's Voice

by Ilana Goldberg

Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca was not a women’s rights activist. She was a people’s rights activist.

She understood the problems of the working class—people of all genders, ages, and backgroundsand sought to improve conditions for workers.

It just so happened that along the way, she became a leader in a way that was unprecedented for women of her era.

Ilana Goldberg's Bat Mitzvah

I Got It From My Mama: Feminism, Judaism, and Me

by Ilana Goldberg

Many things about my lifestyle confuse my grandmother.

Topics: Feminism

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ilana Goldberg." (Viewed on October 16, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/ilana-goldberg>.

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