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Sunday, February 10 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Jewish Feminists Change the World: A Legacy for Our Own Time

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Jewish women were instrumental in shaping the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s through the 1980s.  But historians and participants themselves have neglected their contributions as Jews, a consequence of the women’s focus on universalism, and the effects of external and internal anti-Semitism. This talk presents stories of many of these fierce pioneers, as well as those who participated in the later, self-consciously identified Jewish feminist movement that fought gender inequities in Jewish religious and secular life.  Both groups need to be recognized for their vital contributions to the nation, and for the deep influence of Jewish background and values upon them and their movement.
    Uncovering this hidden history, the talk places Jewish women’s activism at the center of feminist and Jewish narratives. It shows how women's liberation and Jewish feminism unfolded over the course of the lives of this extraordinary cohort, offering vivid portraits of political and social activism and transformative change. Recovering the Jewish stories of these feminists helps us to understand the varied meanings of Jewish life in our own time, as well as the challenges of living with multiple identities then and now. It opens up an important conversation for communities today about the meaning, lessons, and future of Jewish feminism in an increasingly complex and divided world.


Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Emerita at Brandeis University. She is the author of many books on Jewish and women's history, including, most recently, Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from... Read More →

Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
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