Hannah Safran

Hannah Safran, a lesbian, peace, and feminist activist, turned to study and research feminist history and activism after years of working at Isha L'Isha, the Haifa Feminist Center. Her research on the Jewish suffrage movement in 1920 and the feminist movement in Israel in the 1970s was published in 2006. She taught Gender and Women's Studies at various academic institutions and now dedicates her time to promoting research at the Haifa Feminist Institute, which includes a feminist library and archives. Her articles, with co-authors, on lesbian activism since the 1980s in Israel and on the history of 30 years of the Women's Peace Movement were both published recently.

Articles by this author

Rosa Welt-Straus

In 1878, she received her medical degree and was one of the first women in Europe to practice medicine. Rosa Welt, together with one of her sisters, immigrated to the United States, where she worked for many years as an eye surgeon in New York in the eye hospital and also in the eye clinic at the Women’s Hospital. In addition to her professional work, Welt-Straus was active in the struggle for women’s suffrage in New York and a partner in forming the International Woman Suffrage Alliance founded by Carrie Chapman-Catt.

Union of Hebrew Women for Equal Rights in Erez Israel

The Union of Hebrew Women for Equal Rights in Erez Israel which led the fight for women’s suffrage until 1926, continued to work for full and equal political, legal and economic rights for women until the establishment of the State in 1948, when it merged with the WIZO organization.

Suffrage in Palestine

The building of an egalitarian Jewish society in pre-state Israel was a keystone of the Zionist plan in general and of its socialist component in particular. The question of women’s suffrage arose locally, in every community, and in some communities women even succeeded in being elected.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hannah Safran." (Viewed on October 15, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/safran-hannah>.


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