Gloria Steinem Shares Anecdote About Casual Retail Anti-Semitism
Feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem, whose series about anti-woman violence appears on Viceland UK on March 8th, International Women’s Day, recently gave a fascinating interview to Rosanna Greenstreet in the Guardian. One part especially jumped out:
What’s the worst job you’ve done?
Being a salesgirl in a baby shop where the others said things like, “He’s Jewish, but she’s American.” Also, after college, being a waitress in London, and trying to make change in the old money of shillings and pence.
Steinem’s presumably not-so-recent anecdote, about colleagues who inadvertently let on that didn’t think a person could be Jewish and American, seems disturbingly timely.
Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at [email protected] Her book, The Perils of “Privilege”, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2017.