In the past couple of weeks, the Jewish media has been abuzz with the news that Rabbi Lila Kagedan has been hired to work as a part time member of the clergy team at the Mt. Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, NJ. A recent graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, she has chosen to use the title rabbi since her ordination last June, adding yet another name to the diverse list of titles used by the Orthodox women who serve their communities—Yoetzet, Rosh Kehilla, Community Scholar, Maharat, Morateinu, Rabba, Rabbi.
RapeCulture is more than just a hashtag — it’s something women cannot avoid, no matter where they live or whom they partner with. One-in-three women will experience a physical or sexual assault in her lifetime — by strangers on the street or from their own spouses or family members.
In 1972, a year before the Roe v. Wade decision, Ms. Magazine ran its inaugural issue with the cover story “We Have Had Abortions,” with the signatures of 53 prominent women, including Billie Jean King, Nora Ephron, Susan Sontag, Anaïs Nin, and Gloria Steinem. Four and half decades later, going public about your (now legal) abortion can still be regarded as a radical act. In an unprecedented step, 113 female attorneys have submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. The case, which will be heard in early March, is a challenge to a provision of Texas’s restrictive HB2 law, famously filibustered by then-State Senator Wendy Davis in 2013. If it goes into effect, the challenged provision of the law is predicted to close over 75 percent of the state’s remaining clinics.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman from Florida and Chair of the Democratic National Committee, knows a thing or two about power and politics. And in a recent interview, she acknowledges that her own actions as a leader are viewed differently (and more problematically) because of her gender. So it gave me a bit of whiplash to see, in the same interview, Wasserman Schultz take a pot shot at younger women — in a comment that is brief but so bold it became the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Young Women Are Complacent.” Responding to a question about the generational divide among Hillary Clinton supporters, Wasserman Schultz said briefly, “Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided.” Geez, Congresswoman, why frame young women as apathetic? It hardly seems that way to me. And asserting so is both inaccurate and a bad strategy for rallying support among an important constituency: young, progressive women.
(Dayton Jewish Observer) — After more than eight years of waiting, an Israeli woman was freed from her marriage after an unprecedented campaign to pressure her husband to grant her a Jewish writ of divorce, or get.