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Melissa R. Klapper
Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ 08028-1702)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 8/31/2009

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism

This research project investigates American Jewish women's social and political activism during the last decades of the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century. The project will focus on three important and under-studied areas of Jewish women's activism: the suffrage, birth control, and peace movements. It will explore Jewish women's ambivalence about their religious and ethnic identity in the context of secular activism. This project will challenge the idea that American Jewish women never shared political concerns or participated in social movements alongside non-Jewish women. It will document their experiences of activism and explore their choices in relation to identity politics.