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The Status of Jewish Women's Studies in the United States and Canada: A Survey of University and College Courses As of 1999

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Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher(s): Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Author(s): Shulamit Reinharz; Susan Kahn; Sylvia Barack Fishman; Tobin Belzer

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Colleges and universities)
Population and demographics (Women)

Keywords: Religion; Higher Education; Feminism

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Since the early 1970s, scholars of Jewish women have slowly begun to define a place for their work in academia. This effort continues and is bolstered by 30 years of scholarship and growing institutional support. Studies of Jewish women are rooted in many disciplines: literature, philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology, as well as Jewish studies and women's studies. Yet, to date, there has never been a comprehensive study of the number, variety, and location of Jewish Women's Studies courses that are taught at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. This working paper aims to redress this gap.