What does it mean to “fully utilize” the talents and commitments of women if not to open to them the central role of clergy?
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.
What really inspired and energized me about Hillary Clinton’s nomination was not the act of witnessing, nor the thrill of being “in the room where it happens,” but the vision of history as a collective, active responsibility that was put forth over and over throughout the program.
Judith Rosenbaum explains why she hopes this isn’t ‘The Year of the Jewish Woman,’ as the Forward 50 proclaimed.
Cross posted from Jewess with Attitude.
I’ve been loving the coverage of Elena Kagan’s youthful challenge of her rabbi over her right to have a bat mitzvah. I love it because it confirms what I’ve always believed — that the chutzpah of young girls is not just pre-teen attitude but a sign of inner strength and a harbinger of great things to come (and I say this not only in a self-serving way as a former obnoxious girl-child or as the mother of a burgeoning one).
The results are in from the National Museum of American Jewish History’s poll to select the 18 individuals to be featured in their “Only in America” Hall of Fame. The results are not too surprising. Of the 18, six are women, and their names are familiar to most: Henrietta Szold, Golda Meir, Barbra Streisand, Emma Lazarus, Estee Lauder, and Rose Schneiderman. If you follow the Jewesses With Attitude blog, you’ve probably heard of Rose Schneiderman, as she’s a favorite at Jewish Women’s Archive, but of the six women I would guess she has the least amount of name recognition, so I’m pleased that she made it into the final 18.