American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 with author Melissa R. Klapper

Date / Time

  • May 5, 2024
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


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  • This course is offered as a collaborative partnership between Gratz College and the Rosenbach. 
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American Jewish women have always been involved in a variety of social and political causes. Come learn more about their long history of involvement in making change in the world around them. Melissa R. Klapper’s Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from 1890 to the beginning of World War II. 

In this special one-session course, you will read the conclusion from Klapper’s book, as well as a few select primary sources. Dr. Klapper will present the material and lead the discussion.  

Readings for this session:

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace conclusion

Primary Source readings

About the Instructor

Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and Director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rowan University. She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan. R. Dee, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies. Her most recent book is Ballet Class: An American History (Oxford, 2020).

About Gratz College

Founded in 1895, Gratz College is the oldest independent college for Jewish studies in North America. Today, Gratz enrolls a diverse population of students from around the world with many programs that reflect its historic focus on Jewish studies and education. An early adopter of online education, Gratz offers blended and fully online degrees in a broad range of studies, including the world’s only online Doctorate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and a Doctorate in Education Leadership. Gratz also offers eight master’s degree programs, including a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management; two undergraduate completion programs; various graduate and undergraduate certificates; and a robust continuing education program.