Between 1882 and 1924 over one million Jewish women emigrated from Eastern Europe to America. With them they brought the rigid role of women inherent in shtetl life; their lives had been confined to the kitchen, marriage and motherhood. When these Jewish women and their daughters arrived in America, there was a clash between the patriarchal culture of Europe and the new freedoms that America offered. Historian Herb Belkin will talk about this culture clash in a lecture that describes how Jewish girls and women adapted to life in America and went on to become leaders in the labor, suffragette and feminist movements while preserving the traditions of Jewish life.
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