In Search of Late Ottoman Sephardi Women’s Lives
Hosted By: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI)
Although the field of Jewish women’s and gender history has expanded significantly in recent decades, there is still much we don’t know about the lives of Ottoman Jewish women at the dawn of the modern era. Among the questions that remain are those surrounding the extent of Ottoman Jewish women’s autonomy— whether, when, and in which contexts they had the space to forge their own paths in life, to marry for love, to pursue their own professional interests, or achieve financial independence.
This talk will pursue a few such cases, offering selected portraits of little-known late Ottoman Sephardi women.
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