Published in Chicago between 1895 and 1899, the American Jewess described itself as "the only magazine in the world devoted to the interests of Jewish women." The publication was founded by Rosa Sonneschein, and it offered the first sustained critique, by Jewish women, of gender inequities in Jewish worship and communal life. Recently, it was digitized by the Jewish Women's Archive as part of the digital offerings at the University of Michigan Library's website. Visitors can browse or search through all of the issues as they see fit. There are many fascinating articles, including a piece from June 1896 titled "Why Woman Should Ride the Wheel" about why it is important for woman to be involved in cycling. Scholars of American history, women's studies and other related topics will find much of interest here.
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