A Jewish Feminine Mystique?: Jewish Women in Postwar America

Front Cover
Hasia Diner, Shira Kohn, Rachel Kranson
Rutgers University Press, Sep 10, 2010 - Social Science - 284 pages
0 Reviews
In The Feminine Mystique, Jewish-raised Betty Friedan struck out against a postwar American culture that pressured women to play the role of subservient housewives. However, Friedan never acknowledged that many American women refused to retreat from public life during these years. Now, A Jewish Feminine Mystique? examines how Jewish women sought opportunities and created images that defied the stereotypes and prescriptive ideology of the "feminine mystique."

As workers with or without pay, social justice activists, community builders, entertainers, and businesswomen, most Jewish women championed responsibilities outside their homes. Jewishness played a role in shaping their choices, shattering Friedan's assumptions about how middle-class women lived in the postwar years. Focusing on ordinary Jewish women as well as prominent figures such as Judy Holliday, Jennie Grossinger, and Herman Wouk's fictional Marjorie Morningstar, leading scholars explore the wide canvas upon which American Jewish women made their mark after the Second World War.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Jewish Women and Political Activism in Postwar Miami
2 The Polishness of Lucy S Dawidowiczs Postwar Jewish Cold War
The Progressive Politics of the National Council of Jewish Women after World War II
Selling Hadassah in the Postwar Era
Womens Religious Equality in the Postwar Reconstructionist Movement
Jewish Immigrant Professionals and Jewish Social Welfare Agencies in New York City 19481954
Egyptian Women at Home in America
9 Judy Hollidays Urban WorkingGirl Characters in 1950s Hollywood Film
The Public Image of Jennie Grossinger 19541972
11 Reading Marjorie Morningstar in the Age of the Feminine Mystique and After
Radical Feminism and Jewish Women
Reflections on the Life of Betty Friedan
Biographies of Contributors

Gender Class Assimilation and Whiteness in Postwar America

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

HASIA R. DINER is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University. She is the author of numerous volumes, including We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945–1962.
 SHIRA KOHN and RACHEL KRANSON are doctoral candidates in New York University's joint Ph.D. program in history and Hebrew and Judaic studies.

Bibliographic information