Link Roundup: A Look Back at Geraldine Ferraro

Welcome to this week’s installment of Lilith’s Link Roundup. Each week we post Jewish and feminist highlights from around the web. If there’s anything you want to be sure we know about, email us or leave a message in the comments section below.

Former U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro died this past Saturday at the age of 75. Ferraro, a major women’s rights activist, broke the glass ceiling when she became “the first woman nominated for national office by a major party.” [NY Times]

Letty Cottin Pogrebin wrote a touching, heartfelt remembrance of her friend, Geraldine Ferraro. [Women’s Media Center]

On Wednesday, March 30, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney and U.S. Senator Susan Collins reintroduced The National Women’s History Museum Act (HR 1269 and S 680). The bill would authorize the sale and use of the land adjoining the National Mall in Washington, DC for the museum’s future site. [Post Gazette]

In light of Elizabeth Taylor’s passing, CNN profiled her conversion to Judaism. The article also highlighted Taylor’s involvement with Lilith, adding “And in 1987, she was among those who signed an appeal launched by a Jewish feminist magazine, Lilith, to free Soviet refusenik Ida Nudel.” [CNN]

Renée Levine Melammed, dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and editor of NASHIM, wrote about the 19th century discovery of various archives in Elephantine. The archives contained documents about a woman named Mibtahiah, who has become the earliest documented Jewish women in history. According to Melammed, the documents “reveal surprising details concerning her life and the options available to Jewish women in this settlement.” [Jerusalem Post]

Anat Hoffman of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Women of the Wall was profiled in New Voices this week for her efforts toward religious pluralism. Hoffman was arrested last year for carrying a Torah at the Western Wall. [New Voices]