Joseph wore a coat of many colors, but his mother Rachel shouldn’t have done the same. That’s according to London’s Rabbi Eliyahu Falk, who sent out a letter to ultra-Orthodox congregants likening women’s wearing of bright colors to downing non-kosher food.
“It is truly loathsome to dress in such an inadequate manner… no less forbidden than … eating Treife food or mixed swimming,” he wrote, as part of modesty instructions delivered ahead of Rosh Hashanah to thousands of Haredi families in the British capital’s Stamford Hill neighborhood. Located in north London, the area contains one of the highest concentrations of ultra-Orthodox in all of Europe.
This should be a great season for women’s leadership: for the first time in history, a woman is a major party’s nominee for the US presidency. And yet, for every time I see my daughter’s eyes shine with possibility as she witnesses Hillary on the campaign trail, I have also experienced a moment of despair, as I wonder what lessons about women’s leadership she is internalizing.
Between the fashion tips and romantic confessionals, women’s magazines get a bad rap for perpetuating sexism. A side-by-side image of the covers of “Girls’ Life” and “Boys’ Life” magazines circulating on the Web bore that out this week, drawing the ire of actress and comedian Amy Schumer.
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner made “entrepreneurship” the theme of their September 20 Lenny newsletter. In an introductory email to subscribers, Dunham begins by ‘fessing up to her own past internalized sexism, recalling the time when she assumed a well-dressed college classmate “had been given an all-access pass to her father’s gold card,” only to learn that the young woman had her own fashion business. The point of the issue, then, is that women can be entrepreneurs, and —relatedly — that girly-seeming businesses count. Hear, hear!
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