Voices for the Vote: Jewish Women’s Contribution to Suffrage
Melissa Klapper, historian and professor, will visit Ann Arbor to speak
about her award winning book, Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism. The book explores Jewish women’s activism in the first wave of feminism, long before the names Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem became familiar to so many.
While the history of Jewish women in the later labor movement is often written about, their involvement in the suffrage and other early social movements is not well known. Klapper believes that Jewish women’s activism comes from within Judaism’s ideas about the importance of community, social justice and making the world a better place.
Professor Klapper is an engaging speaker whose knowledge and insights will be a welcome and valuable addition to the Suffrage Centennial discussions.