Friday, April 5 would have been German Jewish physicist Hedwig Kohn's 132nd birthday, and Google is honoring her in the best way possible — with a Google Doodle, of course!
Aside from having one…of the coolest names ever, Kohn is known for being one of only three German Jewish women to obtain habilitation — the degree necessary to teach physics at a university level — before the Holocaust. In 1933, when the Nazi regime gained power, Kohn and her fellow Jewish female colleagues — molecular physicist Hertha Sponer,… >> Read More
Gloria Allred hasn’t taken a vacation in nearly 40 years. People are often surprised when she returns emails on the weekends and holidays, to which the Jewish lawyer reasons: “Your problem…doesn’t wait for Monday.” At 77, Gloria is as fearless and badass as she was back in the '70s when she represented Jane Roe in the infamous Roe v. Wade case. (Yup, that one, in which the Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to an abortion.) The case was a personal for Gloria — seven… >> Read More
Well, it seems like Ikea, my favorite place to test my marriage, is getting sued for gender discrimination. Why? Because they removed images of women from their Israeli catalog.
Basically, in…2017, the Swedish home goods juggernaut printed a special catalog featuring only images of (religious) men and boys. (That's right — zero women or girls were pictured.) Ikea has since apologized for the incident. According to our sister site, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the company claimed that was produced by its Israel branch without being approved by… >> Read More
I’m not planning on marching this weekend. The turbulence with the official Women’s March leadership — and the seemingly obstinate refusal of its leadership to condemn anti-Semitism — makes…me loath to participate. The good news is that there are many marches that are unaffiliated with the national group planned for Saturday. I fully endorse them, and you can find one that might suit your geographic and timing needs here. To be frank, however, I am not sure that my family and I are… >> Read More
We all know the classic “New Year, New You!” tropes: As January 1 draws near, we are finally going to lose weight, save money, get organized, and so on. Before long, the New Year’s Resolutions…pile up like so much laundry. But some of these typical resolutions, thinly disguised as self care, serve the patriarchy more than they serve us. For example, a focus on weight loss doesn’t reliably make healthier bodies, but it does reliably contribute to poor self-esteem. Goals that prioritize money or materialism are connected to decreased… >> Read More