America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today
Pamela S. Nadell weaves together the complex story of Jewish women in America--from colonial-era matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter, poet Emma Lazarus, to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Recounting how Jewish women have been at the forefront of social, economic, and political causes for centuries, Nadell shows them fighting for suffrage, labor unions, civil rights, feminism, and religious rights--shaping a distinctly Jewish American identity.
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No one is more suited to analyze the profound changes in the position and status of American Jewish woman than Pamela S. Nadell. With an expansive knowledge of both American Jewish history and women's history, she brings to this book unparalleled insights. This book is a great read that is both informative and highly engaging.--Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Antisemitism: Here and Now
A fascinating portrait of American Jewish women.
From the justifiably famous to the undeservedly obscure, three centuries' worth of American Jewish women come to vibrant, edifying life in the pages of Pamela Nadell's book. This is not a collection of biographies, but rather a seamlessly arranged narrative of the intersection of gender, religion, identity, immigration, and assimilation. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks a fully inclusive sense of American Jewish history.--Samuel Freedman, author of Jew v. Jew
Nadell has taken on a big job in covering such a multidimensional, important subject. Nadell does it in informative and succinct style, and the result is a readable, valuable text.
A compelling and well-researched chronicle...The contributions of these remarkable women shine in Nadell's impressive book.--Julie Hale
Nadell presents an invaluable, recalibrating look at American, women's and Jewish history.
[A] swift-paced and concise history of American Jewish women...Nadell fluidly intersperses thumbnail accounts of the famous and less so with a discussion of trends in American Jewish life.--Julia M. Klein
America's Jewish Women is a thoughtful history of a group of diverse, passionate, contemplative, vocal and dynamic women, and is a welcome addition to the American historical canon.--Jordana Horn