Looking back, 2013 was a landmark year for women’s issues, from the global discourse over sexual assault sparked by rape trials in Steubenville, Ohio, and New Delhi to the abortion wars in Texas that made a star out of state senator Wendy Davis, to the battle over birth control access in the Affordable Care Act.
In small and big ways, Jewish women made news too: Sheryl Sandberg crusaded for workplace equality with “Lean In,” Jaclyn Friedman forced Facebook to crack down on gender-based hate speech and Gloria Steinem was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
As the year comes to a close, the Forward’s Sisterhood blog looks at the 13 biggest moments for Jewish women in 2013.
Our criteria were deliberately broad.
Some stories highlight the triumphs of Jewish feminism, while others point out the Jewish women who did the most to help — and in some cases, hurt — the movement for gender equality.