by Rachel Kranson

When Fashion Shows Made Social Change

With From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post World War II Era (Academic Studies Press, $49), Shirli Brautbar makes a name for herself among those revisionist scholars who show that American women of the 1950s did not languish as victims of conservative gender norms. Rather, as Brautbar and other historians have uncovered, postwar American women found numerous ways to resist the forces that would limit them to home and hearth.

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