Yentl’s Revenge Book Review

While the basic definition of feminism is a woman’s right to vote and having her voice heard, feminism is far more than that.

In her 2001 book, Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave Of Jewish Feminism, editor Danya Ruttenberg interviews a variety of Jewish women with varying views of feminism. The subjects vary from a Jewish woman with curves whom upon first glance could be Hispanic, to a Sephardi woman (originally from Spain and the Middle East) adjusting to a Ashkenazi (Eastern European) version of Judaism, to a woman who lived the life of a Valley Girl in the 1980’s.

What I like about this book is that is a refreshing view of feminism. Feminism is often though in the public consciousness as the feminism of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The truth is that feminism is complicated, with many different offshoots and many differing opinions. What drew me to this book was the reminder of not only how far we have come, but how far we need to go.

I recommend it.

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