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Listen to Her Voice: Assessing the Experiences of Women in the Jewish Community and their Relationships to Feminism

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Ma'yan (Program : New York, N.Y.)

Author(s): Rona Shapiro; Jill Hammer; Tamara Cohen

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Discrimination and affirmative action)

Keywords: Feminism; Culture; Religion; Gender

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The authors report the results of a study exploring American Jewish women's identification with
feminism, their current experiences in the Jewish community, and future directions for advocacy and change.The study is based on survey and focus group discussions in eight locations around the United States. Among the key findings: that the Jewish community is still not a level playing field for women; that the Jewish community is not sufficiently inclusive of the diversity of Jewish women; that most Jewish communal organizations are not sufficiently "women-friendly"; that many Jewish women identify as feminists and/or Jewish feminists; and that many Jewish educational settings lag behind in incorporating materials about women.