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Ilana Jacobs

2018-2019 Rising Voices Fellow Ilana Jacobs

Ilana Jacobs is a Senior at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is the editor in chief of her school's satirical and literary magazines, the captain of the math team, leader of poetry club, assistant editor of a student perspective magazine, a member of the mock trial team, a leader of a feminist minyan at her school, and a student advisor for freshman. She also plays soccer, basketball and lacrosse. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading trashy YA fantasy, watching Doctor Who, or listening to Passenger.

Blog Posts

Rosie the Riveter

Finding My Femininity

by Ilana Jacobs

I was weird for being strong. “Weird” because physical strength is not often an attribute associated with women.

Woman speaking into a megaphone

Shouting Doesn’t Have to Mean a Sore Throat

by Ilana Jacobs

While at the time I couldn’t admit it to myself, I felt deep down that the world wouldn’t end if I gave up this cause.

Milk Carton

Open Conversations and Dairy Products

by Ilana Jacobs

“Where are you thinking about going to college?” I’ve been asked this question by almost everyone I know. It feels like after your bat mitzvah, there’s a second rite of passage that no one tells you about: college decisions. Since the winter of Junior year, every conversation seems to take a turn towards schools. The question, “How are you?” has been replaced with, “How are the applications coming?”

Silhouette of a Girl

Fixing the Flaws in Perfection

by Ilana Jacobs

Every “perfect girl” I have ever met has been so humble, that they can turn a compliment into self-deprecation. It is so unbearably heartbreaking to me that these girls who are so marvelous all don’t know how marvelous they are. But the truly terrifying truth is that their humility and self-consciousness seem to be an essential part of being the “perfect girl.”

Emma Goldman/Women of the Wall

Making Space Where There is None

by Ilana Jacobs

To ask for the space you need is a daunting, terrifying task. But to take the space you need without permission? That’s even more challenging. Emma Goldman and Avigail Antman are two women who refused to settle for less, and who weren’t afraid to demand more. 

Clash of Clans

The Art of Attack

by Ilana Jacobs

Video games are inherently sexist. I’ve accepted this fact as true and immutable ever since I began playing multiplayer games. From the way they’re marketed towards boys and the sexist character designs, to the anonymous players’ offensive language, everything about video games seems to scream at me: YOU ARE NOT MEANT TO BE HERE!

Topics: Holocaust

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ilana Jacobs." (Viewed on September 15, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/ilana-jacobs>.

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