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The Impact of the Women's Movement on American Jewish Life: An Overview After Twenty Years

Deborah E. Lipstadt

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XI: Values, Interests, and Identity

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780195103311
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195103311.003.0006

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

The Impact of the Women's Movement on American Jewish Life: An Overview After Twenty Years

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Jewish feminism began to take shape in America in the late 1960s when Jewish women began to examine critically both their status within the Jewish tradition and the political and social structure of the Jewish community. Some Jewish women, particularly those who were active in the feminist movement and who often did not have a strong Jewish communal attachment, attacked the cultural and social norms that they believed had shaped them. Among women who were active in Jewish communal affairs, there was a similar feeling that all was not right regarding the distribution of power in the Jewish communal world. These women demanded credit for the work they had already done and greater access to decision-making. At the same time, other women addressed the Jewish religious tradition, focusing their energies on winning women a greater role in traditional Jewish life.

Keywords: feminism; Jewish women; Jews; feminist movement; religious tradition; power; communal affairs; America

Chapter.  8496 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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