Whole Wide World without Limits: International Relief, Gender Politics, and American Jewish Women, 1893-1930

Whole Wide World without Limits: International Relief, Gender Politics, and American Jewish Women, 1893-1930

by Mary McCune
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814332293

ISBN-13: 9780814332290

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814332290
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
American Jewish Civilization Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Creating organizations for women, 1892-191211
2The crisis years : Jewish women and World War I43
3The move toward autonomy : the NCJW and Hadassah in the postwar world79
4Women organizing women : gender and American Jewish identity, 1920-1930113
5The feminization of the workmen's circle, 1920-1930157

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