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This Artist’s Chewing Gum Genitalia Was an Homage to the Holocaust

By On June 8, 2017

Vulvas fashioned out of chewing gum, ceramic vaginas, her own naked body – such were the materials of the first feminist artist to use vaginal imagery in her work—who happened to be… Read More

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See Stunning Portraits of the Queer Women of Weimar Germany

By On January 3, 2017

In Weimar Berlin, the stars seemed to align for German Jewish photographer Marianne Breslauer. Born into a family of art lovers, Breslauer was encouraged to pursue photography. She had been a pupil at… Read More

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The Ukrainian Jewess Who Organized L.A.’s Mexican Garment Workers

By On October 27, 2016

  In the early 20th century, seamstresses in the U.S. worked long hours for little pay. Anarchist and feminist labor organizer Rose Pesotta helped shake up the industry. At 16, Pesotta (born… Read More

The Insane, Witchy Way Biblical Adulteresses Were Punished
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The Insane, Witchy Way Israelite Adulteresses Were Supposed To Be Punished

By On July 25, 2016

Gender politics in the Torah have never been what you might call progressive. Nevertheless, what the scriptures dictate for proving the innocence of a woman suspected of adultery is pretty nuts. Such… Read More

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky Was the First Woman To Bike Around the World
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Annie Cohen Kopchovsky Was the First Woman To Bike Around the World

By On July 22, 2016

In the summer of 1894, a young wife and mother named Annie Cohen Kopchovsky hopped on a bicycle at the Massachusetts State House and set out to circle the world. She had… Read More

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The Jewish Woman Who Changed Fashion Photography Forever

By On July 12, 2016

In an age of airbrushed thighs, selfies, and the fight against female objectification, there is one photographer whose work still feels desperately needed. Lillian Bassman was born in 1917 to Jewish émigrés… Read More

The 85-Year-Old Avant-Garde Eco-Feminist Artist From Orthodox Brooklyn
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The 85-Year-Old Avant-Garde Eco-Feminist Artist From Orthodox Brooklyn

By On March 18, 2016

  Helène Aylon’s work is counted among the permanent collections of the Whitney, MoMA, and elsewhere. Still, it’s likely her name isn’t a familiar one. Aylon — born Helene Greenfield in 1931 to… Read More

The 6 Genders of the Talmud
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The 6 Genders of the Talmud

By On November 9, 2015

If you want to smash the gender binary (by, for example, giving transpeople a comfortable place to pee), Judaism can feel like an odd fit. The obligation to observe commandments is traditionally… Read More

Daughter Got Her Period? Slap Her.
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Daughter Got Her Period? Slap Her.

By On September 2, 2015

In Erica Jong’s 1997 novel, Inventing Memory: A Novel of Mothers and Daughters, Sandrine slaps her daughter Sara’s face upon learning of her first period. When Sara asks her why, her mother… Read More

He Insulted John and Yoko, and Started a Feminist Tradition
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He Insulted John & Yoko and Started a (Sorta) Feminist Tradition

By On June 15, 2015

On November 15, 1937, a cartoon strip gave birth to an American holiday. Named Sadie Hawkins Day after “the homeliest gal in all them hills,” the fictional holiday created by famously acerbic… Read More

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The Woman Who Invented Barbie…and Prosthetic Breasts

By On May 11, 2015

There is a lot we can write here about the Barbie doll and the havoc she’s wrought on our principles and collective self-image but one thing less discussed is her Jewish creator,… Read More

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How a Chocolate Bar Drove Israeli Women from the Polls

By On March 18, 2015

In the U.S., courting female voters involves plenty of silly political acrobatics in the name of women — including claiming, as one nameless presidential candidate once did, that you have binders full… Read More