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Women who dared exhibit

Repository: Jewish Women's Archive

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes three interviews that address the civil rights movement, those of Vicki Gabriner, who engaged in civil rights activism in Fayette County, TN; Judy Wright, who was a freedom rider and worked in the Mississippi civil rights movement; and Anne Jackson, who attended the March on Washington.

Collection Description (Extant): Women Who Dared celebrates the brave actions and bold life choices of the everyday Jewish female heros in our midst. Contemporary women who have dared to stand up for the rights of others-sometimes at their own peril-are chosen each year and honored by their community at annual events, sponsored in such cities as Boston, Baltimore, and Chicago. Their personal stories and inspirational accounts of social and political activism are collected and presented in an expanding JWA web exhibit.

These unheralded women of different ages, in diverse fields, and from varied parts of the country, remind us of the extraordinary things that 'ordinary' women can do. Each has taken risks on behalf of issues ranging from civil rights to Soviet Jewry, from women's empowerment to domestic violence. Describing their personal involvement, they teach us that no one is ordinary and that everyone is capable of making a difference.

JWA's Women Who Dared program provides exemplary role models for the next generation. A community effort, it pays tribute to unsung Jewish women activists-young, middle-aged, and senior-recognizing the transformational possibilities for every woman who is willing to champion a daring cause.

Access Copy Note: Excerpts of interviews in this exhibit are available on the website.

Collection URL: http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/biographies_index.html External Link

Digital Status: Born-digital

Extent: 55 sound recordings; 55 transcripts; photographs

Language: English

Related Archival Items: This archive has an additional interview of Judy Wright.

It also features interviews on its site that were done by Debra Schultz for her book on Jewish women in the civil rights movement; see: http://jwa.org/discover/infocus/civilrights/. These interviews are not part of the archive's collections.

Interviewees: Judy Frieze Wright, Vicki Gabriner, Anne Jackson

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

African Americans--Relations with Jews
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Civil rights workers--Massachusetts
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Judaism
Freedom Rides, 1961
Gay rights
Jewish women
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Voter registration--Tennessee
Women's rights

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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