The Missing Women

The role of women within Judaism is complex and contradictory. Women and girls are kept separate in many synagogues and considered unclean when menstruating. Yet they have been allowed to occupy public positions at many points through history and they are absolutely central to the continuity of the religion down the generations, thanks to matrilineal inheritance.

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Listen: Emilia Bassano’s Eve’s Poem Apology in Defense of Women, 1611