By Ariela Cohen
As a member of JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network I was fortunate to be able to attend The United State of Women (USOW) Summit that took place on May 5-6 in Los Angeles. The passion and commitment of the women I encountered galvanized me. I’m now ready to roll up my sleeves and get involved.
By Valerie Brown
This past weekend I joined a group of 15 people between the ages of 23 and 33 with Act Now Houston on a service/learning trip to Houston, Texas, to aid with Hurricane Harvey relief. Though the hurricane has disappeared from the news, rebuilding continues in Houston, primarily in low-income areas.
by Danielle Cantor
Before World War II, before she became a fashion icon, Judith Leiber, who died on Sunday, April 29, at age 97 - a few hours after the passing of her husband of 72 years - made high-end handbags in Budapest, Hungary.
Last week, we asked men why it's important to be leaders in their communities to support survivors and fight sexual assault. This week, we asked: How are you working to #ChangetheCulture to prevent sexual assault? The individuals you'll hear from below reaffirm that there are so many ways to advocate - creating cultural changes in the workplace, teaching children that they have control over their bodies, modeling healthy relationships, simply having a conversation about #MeToo - and more.
Men and boys have a critical role to play in responding to the #MeToo movement. For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, JWI asked men how they can be leaders in supporting survivors and the fight against sexual assault.
JWI believes engaging men and boys is a key component to ending gender-based violence. Our programs Boy to Mentsch, Green Light Go, Safe Smart Dating, #ChangeTheCulture, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Good Guys provide tools to promote healthy masculinity and facilitate discussions around sexual assault and harassment.
by Sue Tomchin
Psychologist Robin Stern is committed to empowering us to break free from the spell of manipulative relationships—whether in the public sphere or in personal lives. Her advice is something we all need to listen to.
On March 15, Stern spoke to an audience of over 200 shelter professionals taking part in one of JWI’s monthly webinars, educating them about the signs of gaslighting and how they can help clients recover from its effects.
by Rabbi Richard Hirsh
What an odd moment in American cultural history surrounds this coming season of Purim. The opening chapters of the Megillah are replete with narratives that resonate in contemporary terms. A husband orders his wife to appear wearing her royal diadem — and, in the midrashic imagination, “nothing else” — for the amusement of his banquet guests, none of whom speak to the inappropriate and degrading demand.
In the midst of all the advertisements that tell us we should want chocolate, jewelry, and flowers, let's take a moment to think about some gifts we'd really like for Valentine's Day: equal pay, paid family, leave, and the end of the patriarchy all come to mind. (But also, feel free to send any unwanted chocolate our way.)
Rumors are swirling on social media and tabloids following the news that a popular reality TV show may be canceled due to alleged sexual misconduct. We don't know exactly what happened, but we do know someone should have stopped it.
Last week, JWI supporters attended the D.C. premiere of Roe at Arena Stage. The production explored the history of the landmark Supreme Court case, and the ongoing battle for safe, affordable, and accessible abortion care.
Domestic abuse typically conjures up images of angry men and bruised partners. But children are deeply affected by violence. With these young victims in mind, JWI is working to build 100 children’s libraries in domestic violence shelters across the country.
When headlines leave you reeling and furious, there’s so much more you can do than sharing the latest news on Facebook. Pick up the phone and sharpen your pencils. Your voice matters, if you know how to use it.
A former JWI Women to Watch honoree and Broadway producer creates an inspiring documentary about empowering young women and takes home honors at the Sundance Film Festival.
Propelled by the momentum of the Women’s March, we will keep moving forward and standing up for what we know is right. Though outside forces will try to stop us, this movement is proof that they will not succeed.
JWI was not impressed with Betsy DeVos’ Cabinet hearing. She refused to commit to enforcing Title IX, which provides important protections to survivors of sexual violence. Let’s unpack why that’s deeply concerning.
As hearings for Cabinet nominees continue, JWI will be watching closely and speaking out. Join us – call your senators and tell them to ask the tough questions and oppose nominees whose records indicate that they have not or will not stand up for women and girls.
Both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Women’s March on Washington are this week. In this essay, Lauren Landau explains the beauty of that coincidence, why she’s joining the march, and how her participation feeds into a legacy of political activism.
An epidemic of uncivil discourse is taking over our national dialogue. Can we break the cycle?
College student and Maryland native Sofie Jacobs writes about registering to vote in Michigan, rather than her home state.
Lovingly braided by generations of Jewish women, challah has graced our tables for centuries. Here are a few challah-themed gifts we can't resist.
My university mishandled my case, and the experience turned me into an activist.
A former high school star athlete sexually assaulted two unconscious classmates, but his punishment amounts to a slap on the wrist.
A Playboy model is making headlines for a scandalous photo, but it’s not of her.
I wanted to see the action firsthand and was thrilled when I was asked to go to the Hill and represent JWI.
We don’t know everything about what happened in the Stanford rape case, but we do know that campus drinking culture isn’t to blame.
Stumped about what to get Pop for Father’s Day? Here are a few ideas we like:
Rahel Musleah delves into the complex legacy of meaning Holocaust survivors leave as they pass from the scene.
JWI responds to blogger Rabbi Pruzansky’s uninformed and misguided blog post on the issue of campus sexual assault.
The Seder, probably more than any other Jewish gathering, calls for attractive Judaica. These four women deliver.