Women & Feminism

Women & Feminism

Jewish Gender and Feminism 101

Debates about the role of women in Jewish life.

Bible

Women in the Bible

In the Bible, women are sometimes portrayed as men's equals and other times, as men's subordinates—or property.

Denominations

Women Rabbis: A History of the Struggle for Ordination

While the Reform movement was theoretically in favor of women's ordination as far back as 1922, it was not until 50 years later that the first women was ordained as a rabbi in North America.

Ask the Expert: Can Women Wear Kippot?

Why do men wear yarmulkes, and women don't?

How To Read Eshet Hayil

Explaining this ancient song about a 'woman of valor'

Overview: Women in Traditional Jewish Sources

What the Bible, Talmud and other classic texts say about women and their roles.

Jewish Feminist Thought

Jewish feminist thought seeks to create theological narratives that merge Judaism with feminist values.

Why Some Jewish Women Go to the Mikveh Each Month

What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?

Jewish Gender & Feminism Quiz

How much do you know about gender issues in the Jewish past and present?

Hair Coverings for Married Women

Why most Orthodox women cover their hair, whether with wigs, hats or scarves.

Creating the Jewish Pregnancy

From Shehechiyanu to psalms, how I brought Jewish ritual into this momentous life stage.

The Book of Proverbs

This section of the Bible includes a feminine depiction of wisdom and the text of the "Eshet Chayil" blessing.

Feminism and Jewish Prayer

A variety of views on changing masculine bias in Jewish liturgy.

Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies

Considering the role of gender in producing knowledge about Judaism.