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“America’s Jewish Women” Writing Themselves into our Nation’s Story

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

In this We the Educators program in honor of Women’s History Month, we will hear from Professor Pamela Nadell, author of America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today. Her book is a groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history.

Nadell uncovers what it has meant to be a Jewish woman in America by weaving together the stories of remarkable individuals—from the colonial matron Grace Nathan and the poet Emma Lazarus, to labor activist Bessie Hillman and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Defined by a strong sense of self, a resolute commitment to making the world a better place, and diverse notions of what being a Jew means, America’s Jewish women left deep imprints on their families, communities and the nation they call home.



Pamela Nadell is a Professor and Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University in Washington, DC. She won AU’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year award in 2007. She is the author of America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (W.W. Norton), winner of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award–Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year. The book was also published in Hebrew. She is currently writing Antisemitism, An American Tradition to be published by W.W. Norton. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Award for this new book project. She has testified before Congress on American antisemitism, most recently in November and December 2023. Her other books include Women Who Would be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985, a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.

You can find more information and links to buy the book, America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, on Professor Nadell’s website: pamelanadell.com/americas-jewish-women


March 19
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Zoom – Open to the Public