Debra L. Schultz

Debra L. Schultz, the author of Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement, is Director of Programs for the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundations) Network Women’s Program, which promotes the advancement of women’s human rights as an integral part of building open societies. At OSI she works to build regional women’s networks, including gender studies networks in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union, and to develop new frameworks for women’s human rights activism, including the Romani women’s rights movement (the subject of her current research). Her teaching interests range from women’s history to cross-cultural studies. She has taught courses on multicultural U.S. women’s history at the New School University and the history of Black-Jewish relations at Rutgers University. Her work as a feminist oral historian focuses on documenting women’s cross-racial alliances for social change. She is the former assistant director of the National Council for Research on Women.

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Civil Rights Movement in the United States

Despite widespread awareness of significant contributions to the movement by Jewish women, the documentary record and public perception reflect the roles and experiences of men. Scholarship in American Jewish history, civil rights history, and women’s studies does not directly address the contributions of Jewish women. Nor does it ask what Jewish cultural influences primed young Jewish women to respond (in numbers disproportionate to their representation in the population) when the civil rights movement put out the call.

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