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Irene Y. Raich

2022-23 Rising Voices Fellow Irene Raich

Irene Y. Raich is a senior at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is a member of her school’s quiz bowl and science bowl teams and competed in the Science Bowl National Championships in the spring of 2022. Irene is active in AP Advocates, a service-learning group that strives for more inclusive and diverse Advanced Placement classes and curricula. Irene has lobbied her state AP teacher representatives for more attention to and awareness of antisemitism in Arkansas high school courses. She is passionate about Judaism, equity, and intersectionality. She also enjoys swimming and music and is teaching herself guitar and ukulele.

Blog Posts

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Confronting Elitism at My Future Elite College

Irene Y. Raich

I am beyond excited to start at Yale, but understanding its history as a bastion of exclusion and elitism has been paramount in shaping my opinions towards this new chapter in my life.

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The Future of the Jewish-American Literary Canon

Irene Y. Raich

The Jewish-American literary canon is not only dismissive of women but hostile to them, and this is insidious and damaging to the narrative we tell as Jews and women.

Topics: Publishing, Fiction
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Remembering Maud Nathan on Election Day 2022

Irene Y. Raich

Suffragist Maud Nathan could never have predicted the labor protections and voting rights we have now, and just like her, I can never give up on fighting for what is right.

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Being Jewish in the UK at Christmas

Irene Y. Raich

I loved the time I spent in England, but I would’ve enjoyed it more had my school attempted to create a more diverse, welcoming, and not Christian-centric environment.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Irene Y. Raich." (Viewed on March 2, 2024) <http://jwa.org/blog/author/raich-irene>.