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Rusty Kanokogi

Grappling all the way to the Olympics

by  Gabrielle Orcha

For the first time in world history, this year every country competing in the Olympics has a female athlete on its team.

Etta and Judith at I4E

Enjoy some Vlog noshing from JWA's Institute for Educators

by  Gabrielle Orcha

As JWA's Institute for Educators comes to a close, we wanted to share a few moments ... and messages.

Topics: Activism, Education
Israel Road

She's Got A Ticket To Ride

by  Preeva Tramiel

Are women in Chassidic communities nothing more than oppressed victims? Is the Haredi threat to civil liberties in Israel, which is represented by segregated busses, real?

Judith's Institute for Educators Notebook, 2012

Stories Reemerge- an act of cultivation. The Institute, Day 1 Podcast

by  Gabrielle Orcha

Introduction:  25 bright and impassioned teachers from all over the country are sitting in a large circle in a nondescript room of a Sheraton Hotel in a suburb of Boston. But what they’re talking about is far from nondescript. This is day one of the Jewish Women’s Archive's Institute for Educators, four intensive days focused on a cutting edge curriculum called Living the Legacy, which brings to life the rich and deep history of American Jewish activism. At the core of the curriculum lie stories, sharing them, living them, cultivating them, and in the words of Judith Rosenbaum, the Archive’s Director of Public History, letting them cultivate us.

Topics: Activism, Education
Secret Classified Document

The Feminist Papers--LEAKED!

by  Gabrielle Orcha

“The Feminist Papers,” a highly classified document that up until now has only been rumored to exist, was (accidentally?) leaked last night at 11:15pm.

Topics: Activism, Feminism
Anita Steckel with her Painting "Skyline", 1974

Of Peonies & Penises: Anita Steckel’s Legacy

by  Deborah Fineblum Raub

Anita Steckel was 82 when she died last March. But Anita, her many fans would insist, was way younger than most of us will ever be.

Liz Lerman's "Ferocious Beauty: Genome"

Liz Lerman: Still Dancing, Still Crossing

by  Gabrielle Orcha

This July marks one year since choreographer, author, and innovator Liz Lerman parted ways with her dance company, formerly the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (now just the Dance Exchange) to fly solo as an independent choreographer.

Julie Taymor, TED 2011

Show your cape, Julie Taymor!

by  Gabrielle Orcha

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to scale tall buildings better than Spiderman, it’s . . .

Julie Taymor! The brilliant! The invincible! 

Topics: Activism, Theater
Meat

Overturn the World

by  Susan Reimer-Torn

On July 2, 1965 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) began its work for women's equality, enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which among other things prohibited employment discrimination within labor unions. This week, we take a glimpse even farther back, to the turn of the century, to the roots of women organizing for fair prices.

Fireworks

Celebrate Fiercely Independent Jewish Women This July 4th

by  Gabrielle Orcha

Many of you may not know this, but there is a kind of rite that happens here at JWA for newbies such as myself: to be given an assignment with almost impossible challenges.

Topics: Activism

Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown: Jewish superhero for abortion

by  Leah Berkenwald

Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown is a champion. A hero. A "Jewess with Attitude" to the n'th degree. 

Pride Parade Flag

The Great Pride Parade Adventure

by  Gabrielle Orcha

Pride. When we are aware of our own dignity and worth; when we feel deep pleasure from our own and others’ achievements; when we delight in who we are and what we do. Pride.

Lily Winner and immigration, then and now

by  Leah Berkenwald
Ninety-one years ago today, journalist and playwright Lily Winner published an essay in The Nation entitled "American Emigrés."
"Women Resume Riots Against Meat Shops" New York Times, May 17, 1902

The Real Housewives of the Lower East Side

by  Judith Rosenbaum

One hundred and ten years ago today, something surprising happened. Jewish immigrant housewives in New York City—concerned and angry about a sharp rise in the price of kosher meat from 12 cents to 18 cents per pound—launched a kosher meat boycott that lasted nearly a month, spread to several other boroughs of New York, sparked violent riots and arrests, and attracted much media attention before ending with the successful lowering of meat prices.

Emma Goldman at a May Day Rally, Hyde Park, London, May 1, 1937

May Day: Celebrating through protest

by  Judith Rosenbaum

Happy May Day! Originally, May Day was a pagan springtime festival, roots of which survive in the traditions of flower-festooned maypoles and the crowning of the “Queen of the May.” Since the late 19th century, it has also been a workers’ holiday. Though in the US it has been officially replaced (and I would argue, coopted) by Labor Day in September, May Day remains an occasion for social protest of many kinds.

Marijuana

Jewish women and marijuana: Yay or nay?

by  Leah Berkenwald

If you listen closely, you may hear people wishing one another a "Happy 4/20" today. Why?

"The Songs of Joy," by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

The orange on the seder plate and Miriam's Cup: Foregrounding women at your seder

by  David Levy

Just before we drink the second cup of wine in the Passover seder, we speak of three symbols considered indispensible to the holiday's meaning: the shank bone, the matzah, and the bitter herbs.

Susan Rosenberg's "An American Radical"

Susan Rosenberg, An American Radical

by  Judith Rosenbaum

I guess it’s inevitable, when you’re at a book talk by a 1970s radical political activist who was wanted by the FBI, went underground, got arrested, and spent 16 and a half years behind bars, that someone will ask  “How do you understand what you did and why?” Susan Rosenberg made an honest attempt to answer a complex question, ending with a shrug and the explanation, “That's a different book.”

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" Movie Poster, 2011

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" premieres at Holocaust Memorial Museum

by  Kate Bigam

Angelina Jolie (not a Jewess but a definite do-gooder) visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum last week to premiere In the Land of Blood and Honey, a film she wrote, directed, and co-produced.

Topics: Activism, Holocaust, Film
Miriam and Aaron Complain Against Moses

They will spit: In the tradition of Miriam, Jewish women will continue to challenge the establishment

by  Susan Reimer-Torn

The ultra-orthodox establishment in Israel is reportedly losing sleep over women’s demands for equality.

Black History Month: Wednesdays in Mississippi

by  Judith Rosenbaum

You might think that I – a public historian – would love the opportunities on our public calendar to celebrate historical figures and communities. But truth be told, I’m a bit of a skeptic.

Women should be seen AND heard in Israel

by  Leah Berkenwald

Extremist Ulta-Orthodox groups in Israel are trying to erase images of women from public space.

Frances Goldin, 87-year-old Occupy protester unsuccessfully tries to get arrested

by  Leah Berkenwald

In response to the police crackdown on Occupy protests across the country, thousands of people assembled with renewed energy at Occupy Wall Street on November 17th, dubbed the Occupy Wall Street Day of Action. While most protesters understand there is a chance they might be arrested, one protester was actively trying to make that happen. Frances Goldin, 87, has been arrested nine times for civil disobedience; her goal is to make it 12.

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