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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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(p.205) Conclusion
Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Melissa R. Klapper

NYU Press

This concluding chapter reflects on the motivations of Jewish women engaged in early feminist activism, considering the importance of fluid, but ever-present, Jewish identity to every kind of social movement in which they became involved. Over a period of several decades and several generations, American Jewish women supported large-scale social movements that promised to grant them political authority and citizenship, enhance their power over their own bodies and families, and expand their roles in international relations through the promotion of peace. Though Jewish identity constantly fluctuated, many women held fast to their own ideas of what it meant to be Jewish; Jewishness often shaped their political commitments to secular causes. The chapter then discusses the impact of Jewish women on American women's feminist activism in order to understand the foundational and critical involvement of Jewish women in postwar feminism.

Keywords:   American Jewish women, feminist activism, Jewish identity, Jewishness, American women, feminist activism, postwar feminism

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