Archive for : Women’s History Month

Repair Inspiration: NY Times Rocks Women’s History Month

You know that thing where you wish something existed, and then you find out that it does? That’s how I felt upon discovering the New York Times’ treasure trove of stories, stats, and resources about women for Women’s History Month.

The page links to videos (like this one about the inimitable Malala Yousafzai), and historical articles dating back to 1915 (yep, 100 years ago!) featuring NY Times coverage of stories like women getting the right to vote (1919), Amelia Earhart’s historic flight (1928) and the naming of Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court Justice (1981). It also links to current articles, crossword puzzles, and lesson plans for teachers who want to use the material in their classrooms.

So basically, they harnessed the entirety of the New York Times’ archival and educational power and used it to lift up women’s stories and influence. Yeah. That’s pretty much just as cool as it sounds.

We are halfway through Women’s History Month, which gives you plenty of time to use and share this incredible resource. Let us know what you discover by tweeting us at @repairtheworld #womenshistorymonth.

4 Jewish Women’s Blogs That Change the World

As Laurel Thatcher Ulrich famously wrote, “Well behaved women rarely make history.” Her words have become a rallying cry and an inspiration for women everywhere – including women bloggers, who make history through their words.

This Women’s History Month, here are 4 women-centric Jewish blogs that strive to give voice to the diverse, wonderful, rebellious, and inspiring stories of women.

The Sisterhood: This popular blog, housed at The Jewish Daily Forward, covers a far-ranging array of compelling topics from stories about modern day sex-trafficking, Jewish motherhood, and to how an Israeli beauty queen is fighting for women’s rights in her country.

Lilith: The pioneering Jewish women’s publication also has an awesome blog that brings the magazine’s “independent, Jewish, and frankly feminist” journalism online. Contributors range in background from secular to Orthodox, which means there’s room for every voice on the blog.

Jewish Women’s Archive: Titled “Jewesses with Attitude,” JWA’s blog is consistently sassy and smart. The organization recently launched a fellowship called Rising Voices, for outstanding Jewish teen girls who will, among other things, share their thoughts and words on the blog.

JewFem: Founded by Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman, the former Executive Director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), this blog and website covers gender and feminism from an observant Jewish perspective.

Do you have a favorite Jewish women’s blog that we’re missing on this list? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting @repairtheworld.

Mayim Bialik, Women’s History Month, and “Princess Culture”

Maybe you remember her as the star of Blossom, the early-90s sitcom that launched her career. Perhaps you watch her today playing Amy Farrah Fowler, the adorkable neurobiologist on The Big Bang Theory. You may even know her as a regular contributor to the Jewish parenting website, Kveller.

However you know Mayim Bialik, you undoubtedly think, like we do, that she is awesome. After all, how many other Hollywood celebrities find the time to be super engaged parents, education activists, and cookbook authors (check out the newly released a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Mayims-Vegan-Table-Great-Tasting-Healthy/dp/0738217042″>Mayim’s Vegan Table)?

So in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re turning to one of our favorite contemporary heroines for her thoughts on women in culture today – and particularly on the “princess culture,” which seems to permeate so much of society. Check out the first part of Mayim’s thoughts below, then head on over to Kveller for the rest!

On the Big Bang Theory Princess Scene & Why I Don’t Like Princess Culture
By: Mayim Bialik

Last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory featured my character, Melissa Rauch’s character, and Kaley Cuoco’s character dressed up as different Disney princesses. I was Snow White (since I’m the brunette), Melissa was Cinderella, and Kaley was Sleeping Beauty.

This would be a good time to tell you that I never once for Halloween or Purim ever dressed as a princess. I don’t remember having any particular fondness for fairy tales or the color pink. I despised the color purple and much as I enjoyed jewelry and trying out my mom’s makeup and even wearing my favorite robe (which happened to be pink) around the house, there is not one picture of me dressed like any sort of princess, Disney or otherwise.

I did, however, really enjoy being “character” females for dress-up holidays; most notably, my mother loved to dress me as a “gypsy.” I am hoping this isn’t perceived as racist in this culture of political correctness, but basically, “gypsy” meant fun fabrics, brightly colored belts, lots of layers, a bandana, and a darkening of a mole near red lips. I loved Japanese kimonos as a child, and once I went to a costume party in a kimono and traditional wooden Japanese shoes.

Read the rest of Mayim’s thoughts here…

Women’s History Month Events – 2013

March is halfway over! Have you celebrated Women’s History Month yet? If not, don’t fret – there are still tons of interesting lectures, panels, film screenings and other events going on around the country to honor Women’s History Month (which is especially relevant this year, because 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage march on Washington!). Check out the options below:

This month marks 100 years since the Woman Suffrage March in Washington, D.C.

  • Brooklyn, New York On March 20, the Brooklyn Museum will host a panel (moderated by Gloria Steinem!) called Gender and Genocide: Sexual Violence During the Holocaust and Other Genocides. The panel will feature co-editors of a book about the topic, among other speakers.
  • Brooklyn, New York On March 23, the Brooklyn Museum will host another fascinating panel discussion – this time on women, art and body image, and particularly the body mass index (BMI).
  • New York City On March 25, check out a screening of the film Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines at the Chelsea Recreation Center in Manhattan.
  • Rochester, New York The University of Rochester is screening Oma & Bella, a documentary by filmmaker Alexa Karolinski about her grandmother Regina and her best friend Bella, two Holocaust survivors who now live, reminisce, and cook together in Berlin. On March 25th, the school is also hosting a Women in Music concert that’s open to the public.
  • San Francisco On March 25th, Artists’ Television Access will host a screening of “Half the Sky,” an inspiring book based on the Nicholas Kristof book about global women’s issues.
  • San Francisco Did you know that the bicycle played a role in the suffrage movement? Celebrate women’s history month on two wheels, with a Women’s History Month bike ride coordinated by the SF Bike Coalition.
  • Washington DC On March 20, head to the United States Capitol Historical Society for a book signing. Author Maurine Beasley will be signing copies of her book, Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence.
  • Washington DC Celebrate women’s contributions to the world of jazz at the third-annual Washington Women in Jazz festival from March 20-27.

Know of other great women’s history month events in your community? Share the news in the comments below or by tweeting us @repairtheworld.

Repair Hero: Betty Friedan

March is National Women’s History Month – and in 2010, the month’s celebratory theme is: writing women back into history. On that note, I can think of no better person to honor as this week’s Repair the World hero than Betty Friedan (1921-2006), whose writing forever shaped the feminist movement, and the country’s very understanding and estimation of women:

When Betty Friedan (nee Bettye Goldstein) graduated from Smith College in 1942, women’s rights and opportunities in America were severely restricted. Despite a stunning academic record and a degree in psychology, she spent many years suppressing her professional ambitions to live out the suburban homemaker’s life, so typical of post-WWII society. But Friedan would ultimately grow beyond her limited surroundings.
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