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Mazel tov to the women of the Forward 50

by  Leah Berkenwald

Another year, another Forward 50 list of Jewish leaders who have made the biggest impact (good or bad) in American Jewish life.

Alexandra Kukoff

A Jewish girl’s guide to a bat mitzvah project

by  Alexandra Kukoff

I felt overwhelmed when deciding what to do for a bat mitzvah project.

Bella Abzug at a Women Strike for Peace Protest

Women Strike for Peace: 50 years later

by  Chanel Dubofsky

Fifty years ago yesterday, the 1961 formation of Women Strike for Peace (WSP) marked a new era for activism, creating a new stage on which women could concentrate their power. In 1984, WSP described in their own words the beginning of their movement: "100,000 women from 60 cities came out of kitchens and jobs to demand: END THE ARMS RACE - NOT THE HUMAN RACE, and WSP was born."

Girl Scouts, 2009

Girl Scouts of Colorado take a stand against gender injustice

by  Kate Bigam

The Jewish community has had a varied relationship with scouting.

Not this again: Women asked to move to the back of the bus in Brooklyn

by  Leah Berkenwald

"Women told they must ride back of the bus in Brooklyn"

I saw this headline on Jezebel.com and thought, "Not again." It's been less than two weeks since we heard about Yiddish signs asking Jewish women to "move to the side when a man approaches." Is it just me, or is the Hasidic/secular battle for public space in Brooklyn getting out of hand?

Birth Control

Without apology: The atonement stops here

by  Chanel Dubofsky

For a few semesters in college, I was a Peer Health Sex Educator.

Gloria Steinem, 1972

Gloria Steinem: An unheralded GLBT advocate

by  Alan Kravitz

As I watched HBO’s incisive documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, one irony became clear instantly: Gloria Steinem is an icon who is utterly uncomfortable with the whole idea of being an icon.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Part II, 2011

Harry Potter: Four progressive lessons for the Jewish Community

by  Leah Berkenwald

Last weekend the eighth and final Harry Potter movie hit theaters. In the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling created a magical alternate universe.

Jaclyn Friedman

Meet Jaclyn Friedman: Jewess with attitude

by  Leah Berkenwald

I recently had the pleasure to sit down for brunch with Jaclyn Friedman, Executive Director of Women, Action and the Media and co-editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. Jaclyn Friedman is writer, speaker, activist, and rising star in the current feminist community.

Shoshannah Stern Takes a Silent Stand Against Sexual Violence

by  Renee Ghert-Zand

The deaf Jewish actress Shoshannah Stern is more than a little bit angry — and for good reason.

Judith Frieze, June 21, 1961

Why do we act? Lessons from the Freedom Rides

by  Judith Rosenbaum

Fifty years ago, in May 1961, a small group of civil rights activists embarked on a journey that would change them and change America. Boarding buses headed south for what they termed a "Freedom Ride," these young black and white activists challenged segregation by sitting together on the bus and in the waiting rooms of bus stations.  Though the Supreme Court had already declared segregation in interstate travel illegal, the Federal Government was not enforcing the law, so the Freedom Riders engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience to call attention to this injustice.

Gail T. Reimer Recieves "Lives of Commitment" Award, May 6, 2011

Gail T. Reimer receives the Auburn Seminary's "Lives of Commitment" Award

by  Ellen K. Rothman

On Friday, May 6th, Auburn Seminary in New York held its annual “Lives of Commitment” breakfast.

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

The confrontational face of Miriam

by  Susan Reimer-Torn

When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death.

Women's Liberation Daughters: The Next Generation Panel

Women's Liberation and Jewish Identity: Bringing it home

by  Leora Jackson

Last week, I had the great privilege of attending the conference “Women’s Liberation and Jewish Identity: Uncovering a legacy of innovation, activism, and social change.” (JWA was a conference sponsor, and you can check out Judith Rosenbaum’s response to the conference here!) As a research intern for Professor Joyce Antler, the conference convenor, this past summer, I spent hours reading short essays, activist statements, and poetry by many of the conference’s speakers, who were primarily Jewish women involved in feminist activism in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Seeing their words come to life as they spoke to an audience of peers, academics, and a few young feminists was enlightening, particularly as it provided me with a chance to rethink my own relationship to Jewish feminism as it relates to Jewish ritual practice.

The Wandering is Over Haggadah: Including Women's Voices

The modern Haggadah: New voices and the reactionary

by  Elyssa Cohen

This year I tried something new at my family’s Seder. We used a new Haggadah!

Women's Liberation Daughters: The Next Generation Panel

Jewish Feminism and Feminist Jews: More Questions than Answers

by  Judith Rosenbaum

By now it's both a truth and a truism that the personal is political.

Synagogue Sanctuary

Is the shul a place for political activism?

by  Kate Bigam

I spent last Friday night celebrating Shabbat at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass., a Reform synagogue I’d never before visited. I was in awe of the chapel’s breathtaking, brightly colored stained glass windows, and I was fascinated by Rabbi John Franken’s take on Parshat M’tzora, which drew unexpected parallels between, of all things, skin diseases and marketing (all with a Jewish bent, of course). But it was a bright green insert in the Friday night program that struck me most.

Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City

Labor History Landmark: No. 8 Carnegie Hall

by  Leah Berkenwald

The Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City is a blog series on Jewesses with Attitudecreated in honor of Women's History Month and the 100th anniversary ofthe Triangle Waist Factory fire. Learn more about the series here, or check out JWA's online walking tour.

The 8th of the Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City is the Carnegie Hall.

100 Years: Commemorating the Triangle fire

by  Leah Berkenwald

As regular readers of Jewesses with Attitude (and the New York Times) know, today is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory fire. On Sunday, March 13th, 230 people joined the Jewish Women's Archive in New York City for the first Living the Legacy awards luncheon held to commemorate the centennial of the fire and celebrate the contributions of Jewish women activists. 

Cards Created for JWA's Commemoration of the Centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Lunch with Fannia Cohn

by  Roslyn Bernstein

On Sunday, I had lunch with Fannia Cohn. So did Toba Penny from Moment, Sarah Perry, Rose Zoltek-Jick, and Leah Berkenwald from the Jewish Women’s Archive, and six other guests (including one man) at Table 24. We were gathered to commemorate the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and to celebrate Jewish women activists, past and present. Each of us was given a numbered card with a part of Fannia Cohn’s life story.

Topics: Activism, Education
Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History

The Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History

by  Leah Berkenwald

Though we at JWA celebrate women’s history all year round, March brings us the great opportunity of Women’s History Month.

Egyptian women make their voices heard

by From the Rib

It’s an exciting, scary, and revolutionary time in Egypt right now. In spite of our opinions on the political implications of the anti-Mubarak and pro-Mubarak protests, I think we can all appreciate the large number of Egyptian female revolutionaries with roles in the spotlight. I read an interesting article on this in the New York Times today that described the surprisingly large involvement of women in the protests in Egypt.

Trees

Put a Jewish woman in environmental activism "On the Map!"

by  Leah Berkenwald

Next week is Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish birthday for trees. The meaning of the holiday has undergone some major evolution over the years; it started as a tax deadline, was co-opted by Kabbalists and then the Zionists, and is now considered a holiday celebrating the environment and environmental activism in a broad sense. At the Jewish Women's Archive, our Tu B'Shevat tradition is to seek out and celebrate Jewish women who have dedicated their lives to environmental activism.

Carla Furstenberg Cohen, 1936 - 2010

A world without a Carla in it just doesn’t seem possible (and certainly less interesting). But I know she will always be with us. Once you know her, you can’t forget her.

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