Item Details

Girls of Liberty: The Struggle for Suffrage in Mandatory Palestine

Margalit Shilo
Format
Book; Computer Resource; Manuscript/Archive; Online; EBook
Published
London : Knowledge Unlatched, c2016.
Hanover : Published by University Press of New England [for] Brandeis University Press, c2016.
Language
English
Variant Title
Girls of Liberty, The Struggle for Suffrage in Mandatory Palestine
Series
Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law / HBI Series on Jewish Women
ISBN
9781611689280 (e-ISBN), 9781611688863 (pbk-ISBN), 9781611688856 (print-ISBN)
Abstract
Presents the story of the struggle for women's right to vote in Mandatory Palestine. Includes portraits of individual leaders, discusses the Zionist roots of feminism and nationalism, the views of the Ultra Orthodox Jewish sector, and comparative information on contemporary suffrage movements elsewhere in the world. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.
Following the Balfour Declaration and the British conquest of Palestine (1917– 1918), the small Jewish community that lived there wanted to establish an elected assembly as its representative body. The issue that hindered this aim was whether women would be part of it. A group of feminist Zionist women from all over the country created a political party that took part in the elections, even before women's suffrage was enacted. This unique phenomenon in Mandatory Palestine resulted in the declaration of women's equal rights in all aspects of life by the newly founded Assembly of Representatives. Margalit Shilo uses the story of these activists to elaborate on a wide range of issues, including the Zionist roots of feminism and nationalism; the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sector’s negation of women's equality; how Jewish traditional concepts of women fashioned rabbinical attitudes on the question of women's suffrage; and how the fight for women’s suffrage spread throughout the country. Using current gender theories, Shilo compares the Zionist suffrage struggle to contemporaneous struggles across the globe, and connects this nearly forgotten conflict, absent from Israeli historiography, with the present situation of Israeli women. This rich analysis of women’s right to vote within this specific setting will appeal to scholars and students of Israel studies, and to feminist and social historians interested in how contexts change the ways in which activism is perceived and occurs.
Contents
  • 1. Feminism and its Zionist and Hebrew roots
  • 2. The women's struggle begins: local organization
  • 3. The national campaign commences
  • 4. From associations to political party: the union of Hebrew women for equal rights
  • 5. One step forward, two steps back
  • 6. The union comes of age
  • 7. Five years of struggle and a victory
  • 8. Victory and defeat.
Description
1 online resource (232 pages) : illustrations, figures, tables.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other Forms
Also issued in print and PDF version.
Terms of Use
CC BY-NC.
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