In 1836, just a few months after she arrived in the United States, Ernestine Rose took a petition for women's rights door-to-door through lower Manhattan. "After a good deal of trouble I obtained five signatures," she recalled. "Some of the ladies said the gentlemen would laugh at them; others, that they had rights enough; and the men said the women had too many rights already." And yet this uphill activism helped start the women's movement in this nation.
Today, a few week from the inauguration from the man a friend calls "Trumpelthinskin," women are in a much stronger position than in 1836. But it now time again to agitate, to organize, to fight for our rights and those of others. Instead of mourning, we must organize. Nothing will happen without our activism. Rose provides inspiration. Now it is time for us to inspire others.
Today is the actual publication date of The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter.