The current media fascination with women and power, sparked by elaborate controversies over Yahoo executive Marissa Mayer and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, might seem both disappointing and amusing to the legions of American women engaged in social and political activism during the first decades of the twentieth century. The disappointment is easy to understand. Why, they might ask, after more than 100 years of feminism, are we still disconcerted by women in positions of authority? And why do we still have to confront systemic conflicts between work and family? And why don’t women support each other more, and better?
Deborah Dash Moore, general editor of City of Promises: The History of the Jews in New York, discusses the forthcoming books.
& Kirkus Reviews says: “This ambitious three-volume history…provides a lively, much-needed overview of the role that Jews have played in the history and success of the Big Apple, helping to transform it into ‘a city of promises, some fulfilled, some pending, some beckoning new generations.’”