Whole Wide World without Limits: International Relief, Gender Politics, and American Jewish Women, 1893-1930by Mary McCune
Pub. Date: 06/28/2005
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Often perceived as being removed from the rough-and-tumble world of male politics, women involved in relief during World War I and the1920s found themselves grappling daily with questions of ideology, nationalism, and political statehood. Participation in large-scale relief work provided Jewish women with a firm sense of their own capabilities and contributed to their heightened sense of gender consciousness. Their experience provides powerful evidence that women activists in the post-suffrage period sustained a notable degree of separation from men even as they propounded gender equality, thereby facilitating American Jewish women’s entrance into the public realm without their having to sacrifice commitment to either Jewish or women’s issues. Gendered and separatist strategies enabled women to bring their concerns into the public sphere, affect the course of American Jewish history, and shape modern American Jewish identity.
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