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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Martha Ackelsberg

Martha Ackelsberg is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, emerita, of Government and of the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, where she taught courses on urban politics, political participation, the politics of wealth and poverty, feminist and democratic theory, and social movements. Her book, Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women, was reissued by AK Press (2005) and has been translated into multiple languages. A collection of her essays, Resisting Citizenship: Feminist Essays on Politics, Community and Democracy, was published in 2009 by Routledge. In addition, she has written extensively on women’s activism in the United States and Latin America, on gender and public policy, on changing understandings of families, and on “gay marriage debates,” as well as on politics and spirituality, on women in Judaism, and on the place of LGBTQ people within Jewish communities.

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Shulamith Firestone

Shulamith Firestone was one of the founders of radical feminism in the United States. At age 25, she published The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, which brought together the dialectical materialism of Marx and the psychoanalytic insights of Freud in an effort to develop an analysis of women’s oppression that was inclusive of the dimensions of class and race.

Angelica Balabanoff

Rebelling against her privileged upbringing, Angelica Balabanoff embraced socialism and rose to become one of the most celebrated activists and politicians in the early decades of the twentieth century, becoming especially involved in the Italian socialist movement.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Martha Ackelsberg." (Viewed on December 9, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/ackelsberg-martha>.


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