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A 1,000-Piece Puzzle: My Jewish Ancestral History

Judy Goldstein

My ancestral history is like a 1,000-piece puzzle with half of the puzzle pieces missing.

Background Collage of School supplies with Picture of Dodie Altman-Sagan Studying at Gann Academy, 2019 in the forefront.

Underfunded and Unavailable: The Need for Accessible Education in the US

Dodie Altman-Sagan

In my family of four kids, my dyslexia made me the odd one out. I believed it was uncommon, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Text: "Call Jane" with teal background and bright blue stripes

Heather Booth and The Jane Collective: Judaism in Pursuit of Justice

Ma'ayan Stutman-Shaw

Recently, I’ve found hope in the work of a Jewish feminist icon whose pro-choice activism is awe-inspiring: Heather Booth.

Drawing of Zelophehad's Daughters

The Daughters of Zelophehad and the Right to Broadband Internet

Noa Gross

Noa and her sisters pushed for something which, at the time, wasn’t recognized as an inherent right. Today, we need to do the same with broadband internet access.

Illustration of Figures Celebrating with Candles in Background

Shabbat During the 2020 Election Week: Finding Community and Solidarity

Simone Miller

On Shabbat, our Mexican American neighbors informed our largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of the results: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had won. 

Gallows near the US Capitol, January 6, 2021

The Answer to Rising Fascism in the US? Collective Liberation

Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

On January 6, 2021, white nationalists stormed the Capitol. What do we do now?

Daniella Levine Cava With Supporters in Coral Gables, Florida

Daniella Levine Cava: Miami’s Matriarch

Goldi Lieberperson

Daniella Levine Cava, to whom I affectionately refer as “DLC,” made history during this election cycle.

Photo of Kamala Harris with Barbie Silhouette Background

From Barbie to Kamala: “Little Girls, Dream Big”

Dahlia Plotkin-Oren

Just as Mattel has expanded Barbie dolls to represent broader diversity, we as a society need to continue working towards equality and representation. Kamala Harris's election is a step in that direction.

Photo of Mollie Steimer with Lined Background

Mollie Steimer: Finding a Radical Approach to the American Criminal Justice System

Liana Smolover-Bord

Mollie Steimer dedicated her life to advocating for prisoners. Though we’ll likely never fully live up to her anarchist ideals, we can fight for radical solutions.

Painted Lines Overlayed with Outline of Ohio

The 2020 Election in Ohio: Continuing the Feminist Struggle for and Beyond Representation

Rose Clubok

Electing a candidate who advocates for reproductive rights for all is just as essential as ensuring women are represented in government.

Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams in "Dick," 1999

1999 Watergate Comedy, "Dick," Teaches Us to Take Teen Girls Seriously

Eliza Bayroff

What can we learn from this 1999 coming-of-age comedy in 2020?

Mona Sutphen Becomes Co-Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy

November 16, 2008

On November 16, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced that Mona Sutphen would serve in his administration as Co-Deputy Chief of Staff for policy.

Uyghur Protest Outside the White House

The Uyghur Genocide Is a Jewish Issue

Esti

The manager of the Instagram account @jewsforUighurs explains why this is an issue we need to pay attention to.

"Lady Lilith" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1866.

My Many Moms Are My Matriarchs

Sasha Azizi Rosenfeld

Matriarchal leadership is often portrayed negatively, like in the story of Lilith. My moms have proven to me that we need more of it.

Emma Goldman in Union Square, 1912

Voting Isn't Enough: A Look Back at Emma Goldman's Radical Anti-suffrage

Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

Is voting the be-all and end-all of civic engagement? Emma Goldman didn't think so.

Elizabeth Warren on stage in a purple suit, microphone in hand.

A Thank-You Note to Smart Women

Ella Plotkin-Oren

I'm writing this note with a hopeful but heavy heart. In March 2020, I voted for the first time. I believed that this would be a tremendous year for women. 

Emma Cohn and Friends Voting

Voting Is Jewish: Reflections from a First-Time Voter

Emma Cohn

In the second essay in JWA's 2020 Suffrage Series, a Rising Voices Fellowship alumna reflects on voting for the first time this year.

National Women's Convention March, November 1977

Activists: Let's Learn from Bella Abzug

Lila Goldstein

 After looking into the achievements of her extensive career, I see that Bella Abzug is the perfect role model for activists just beginning in their work.

Ruth First

First, Unity

Mica Maltzman

Just as Ruth First did in her work, contemporary feminist activists must prioritize maintaining a united, intersectional movement.

Mrs. America Promotional Image

Mrs. America: Who's Afraid of The ERA?

Nina Henry

In Mrs. America, viewers are offered a glimpse at the anxieties surrounding the ERA in 1970s (which still persist today).

Map of Europe, 1923

Reflections on the 2019 UK Election: Antisemitism in Europe

Emily-Rose Baker

In the aftermath of the 2019 UK election, let's talk about antisemitism in Europe.

Pencil with sharpener resting on a notebook.

Magnet School

Maddy Pollack

If tikkun olam is something that we believe in fully, then our work will not be complete until every student is empowered with an equitable education.

United States Capital, featuring Christmas tree in foreground.

A Culture of Christmas

Ellanora Lerner

What does it mean to live in a country that purports secularity but considers Christianity to be the default?

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