This discussion is part of a conference sponsored by the Center for Gender in Global Context entitled "Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future"
American Jewish Women and the Politics of Power in the Turn-of-the-Century Women’s Movement by Dr. Melissa R. Klapper
During the last decades of the 19th century and first decades of the 20th century, American Jewish women participated in all the great women’s movements of their day: suffrage, birth control, and peace. Their activism has been largely erased from the narratives of the women’s movement, yet they exerted real power within these movements and exemplified the complex relationships among social justice and the politics of identity.
The Superwoman: How a Jewish Journalist Empowered Women to Fight for the Vote
Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss her recent book The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson. One of the earliest women journalists in San Francisco in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a suffrage activist and a bestselling author of feminist fiction like "The Superwoman," a novella that inspired the "Wonder Woman" comics. Harrison-Kahan’s talk will address Michelson’s upbringing as the daughter of Jewish immigrants in Virginia City, Nevada; her influence on politics in the Progressive Era; and her relevance to contemporary movements like #MeToo.
DateThursday, November 19, 2020