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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of PeaceAmerican Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940$
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Melissa R. Klapper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748947

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748947.001.0001

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“We Jewish Women Should Be Especially Interested in Our New Citizenship”

“We Jewish Women Should Be Especially Interested in Our New Citizenship”

American Jewish Women and the Suffrage Movement

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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Melissa R. Klapper

NYU Press

This chapter traces Jewish women's suffrage activism from the creation of National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) in 1890 through the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 and its aftermath. Jewish women primarily worked for suffrage as individuals, though intense debate flourished among Jewish women's groups. The American Jewish press also devoted time and space to suffrage, and rabbis aired the issue within the community. Once the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in August 1920, Jewish women moved to apply their new rights to their sense of Jewish communal status as well as American citizenship. Indeed, immediately after winning the vote, the members of the sisterhood of The Temple in Atlanta successfully demanded representation on the synagogue board.

Keywords:   Jewish women, suffrage activism, National American Woman Suffrage Association, Nineteenth Amendment, Jewish women's groups, American Jewish press, Jewish communal status, American citizenship

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