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Alix Kates Shulman

The idea was simply this: that a woman and man should share equally the responsibillity for their household and children in every way...

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Our goal at Ms. was to make such lives visible, to honor women's work, and to expose the legal, economic, and social barriers that stand in the way of women's full humanity.

Florence Howe

I knew also that if this magnificent story had been “lost” for 90 years, much more must have also been lost.

Judy Chicago

It was obvious that birth was a universal human experience and one that is central to women's lives. Why were there no images?

Susan Brownmiller

I can argue that my chosen path—to fight against physical harm, specifically the terror of violence against women—had its origins in what I had learned in Hebrew School...

Collective Action: Lessons from the Labor Movement

What is the meaning of work? What conditions cause workers to suffer and what inspires them to take action to improve their lives? What can Jewish history teach us about contemporary labor issues and our responsibility towards workers around the world? Watch interactive activities and see an experienced facilitator model investigations of several historical artifacts you can put to use in your classroom.

Birth of Vera Weisbord, Radical

August 19, 1895

Birth of Vera Weisbord, Radical

JWA launches Katrina’s Jewish Voices, one of the first online collecting projects

June 12, 2006

JWA launches Katrina’s Jewish Voices, one of the first online collecting projects

Gerda Lerner, 1920 - 2013

Lerner's life experience equipped her to resist conformity—in particular, questioning the societal norms insisting that women had no history.

Aron Lieb and Susan Kushner Resnick

She Saved Him, Too

by  Ellen K. Rothman

Susan Kushner Resnick was recovering from post-partum depression after the birth of her second child when she struck up an unlikely friendship with Aron Lieb, a widowed, childless, elderly Holo

The New York Times remembers Madeleine Stern, “Faithful Friend”

December 30, 2007

The end of the year is a time for reflection and remembrance.  We celebrate our successes, rue our shortcomings, and search for what lasts. 

Julia Phillips, Oscar-winning producer of "The Sting", remembered

January 3, 2002

The world press eulogized Julia Phillips, the first woman to win an Academy Award as a producer, following her death on January 1, 2002. 

Birth of Anne Roiphe, feminist author of "Up the Sandbox!"

December 25, 1935

Over 40-plus years, Anne Roiphe’s work has been so extensive that Salon’s critic Sally Eckhoff wrote that tracing her career

Birth of “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” author Lillian Roth

December 13, 1910

In an era of celebrity tell-all’s and daily website revelations of almost anyone’s personal life, it’s hard to imagine the impact of the first public confession of a famous figure with a drinking p

Helen Reddy’s "I Am Woman" tops the charts

December 9, 1972

Australian-born singer Helen Reddy was searching for songs that “reflected the positive sense of self that I felt I’d gained from the women’s movement,” but she couldn’t find any.

New York Times reviews Nora Ephron’s last book

November 26, 2010

“She’s familiar but funny, boldly outspoken yet simultaneously reassuring,” wrote Alex Kuczynski in a review of Nora Ephron’s final book “I Remember Nothing,” a sequel to her 2006 work “I Feel Bad About My Neck.”

Mary Antin

Mary Antin's Promised Land

by  Gabrielle Orcha

Boston, MA-- Last night the New Center for Arts and Culture presented an evening of music and storytelling drawn from the history of Boston’s early Jewish community.

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Helene Aylon Book Launch, October 10, 2012

Helène Aylon: Artist, Ecofeminist, Author

by  Gabrielle Orcha

The room was filled with an open, excited energy.

Nora Ephron, 1941 - 2012

For all her acerbic humor, she was always warm to me. For all her Jewish disconnection, she felt utterly Jewish to me.

Nora Ephron circa 1976

Nora, you may remember nothing, but we remember you

by  Gabrielle Orcha

When Nora Ephron was young, she wanted to be Dorothy Parker.

When I was young, I wanted to be Nora Ephron. I still do.

Topics: Writing, Memoirs

Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, 1916 - 2012

We are finally in Paris and you can see that the Americans took over the situation. Can you imagine—ME—with the “handle” that I’ve got using Hitler’s stationery?

Jean Naggar circa 1940

"Sipping from the Nile": A memoir of the Exodus of Cairo's Jewish daughters

by  Jean Naggar

I was raised in a beautiful mansion on the banks of the Nile, in a multi-cultural multi-lingual Sephardic Italian Jewish family in Egypt: a Middle Eastern family, where men rose to prominence by their acts in a larger world, while women ran households, managed a large staff, volunteered their services to Jewish charities, and gained their reputations from their family backgrounds, skills at needlework and music, as cooks, and hostesses, and their elegance at all times.

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