Against a background of the largest influx of immigrants in U.S. history, anti-Semitism, rising concerns about reproductive and labor rights, and a worldwide flu pandemic, Jewish suffragists in Philadelphia joined in rallying people across America to expand voting rights. Who were these local Jewish suffragists, and how did they rise above these challenges in the early 20th century to achieve major social change? What lessons can we learn from their successful advocacy to inspire today’s social justice activists?
Join us as the RS Suffrage Project presents their findings with relevance for today’s battles. Melissa Klapper, author of Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890–1940, will add reflections. For more, visit rodephshalom.org/rs-suffrage-project.
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