America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (Hardcover)
Winner of the 2019 Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year Award from the Jewish Book Council
“A welcome addition to the American historical canon.”—Jordana Horn, New York Times Book Review
Pamela S. Nadell weaves together the complex story of Jewish women in America—from colonial-era matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter, poet Emma Lazarus, to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Recounting how Jewish women have been at the forefront of social, economic, and political causes for centuries, Nadell shows them fighting for suffrage, labor unions, civil rights, feminism, and religious rights—shaping a distinctly Jewish American identity.
About the Author
Pamela S. Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and director of Jewish studies at American University. Her books include America's Jewish Women and Women Who Would Be Rabbis, a National Jewish Book Award finalist. She lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.
America’s Jewish Women is a thoughtful history of a group of diverse, passionate, contemplative, vocal and dynamic women, and is a welcome addition to the American historical canon.
— Jordana Horn
The definitive history of Jewish women in America.
— Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History
With an expansive knowledge of both American Jewish history and women’s history, [Nadell] brings to this book unparalleled insights.
— Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Antisemitism: Here and Now
[A] swift-paced and concise history.… Nadell fluidly intersperses thumbnail accounts of the famous and less so with a discussion of trends in American Jewish life.
— Julia M. Klein
We learn a great deal about some spectacularly brave and innovative women who transgressed traditional boundaries to break new ground.
— Elaine Margolin
A masterful and remarkably timely history which should be on every shelf. In becoming America’s Jewish women, generations of immigrants and their native-born daughters transformed themselves, their faith, and the nation they called home.
— Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year
A compelling and well-researched chronicle.… The contributions of these remarkable women shine in Nadell’s impressive book.
— Julie Hale
An accessible, yet scholarly account of our history.
— Bettina Berch
— Joseph Preville
[Nadell] has turned the diverse life stories of dozens of women across centuries of time into a mesmerizing whole. This is a book to read and reread, then sit back and contemplate, with a smile, the wondrous achievements of Jewish women in America.
— Francine Klagsbrun, author of Lioness
Nadell has taken on a big job in covering such a multidimensional, important subject. Nadell does it in informative and succinct style, and the result is a readable, valuable text.