by Sarah Blustain

Constructing (Not Deconstructing) the Jewish Feminist Pantheon

What's going on behind the pillars of academia?

In 1978, Shelly Tenenbaum was 23 years old and applying to graduate school at Brandeis. She had just organized a lecture series on Jewish women in the Boston area and, trying to impress her interviewer, started to speak about the experience. As Tenenbaum, today an associate professor of sociology and Jewish studies at Clark University, tells it, the gentleman bent over, put his fingers on the bridge of his nose, shook his head and said, “Oh no. Not this Jewish women’s stuff again.”

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