Fifty-Two Frames: Women

After attempting a lot of set-up shots that just didn’t work, I made a Hail Mary pass when, while juggling 3639846 things, I noticed Bebe standing at the window.


Week 28: Women

After three years of working from home, I went back to an office this week. The week that war threatens my kids, I’m no longer a 5 minute drive from them. I’ve been struggling with this fact, and then I remember my original intent: I can show them, my boy or girls, what a woman can do. A woman can work, and parent, and move, and care, and thrive, and love, all in one day, all in the same moment. Since having a second daughter four months ago, the kind of example I set them has been a constant thought. And then there are moments when I see how my older girl can move, can care, can thrive, can love, that I realize… she’s on the path to becoming that kind of woman, too.

Thanks for keeping it classy, Beit Shemesh ladies.

Since I’ve been ranting about the Beit Shemesh tolerance vs extremists issue, it’s only fair I follow up with a ray of hope in the form of Queen, or, well, 250 of them… with a Beit Shemesh women’s dance flash mob.

On Friday, Jan 6th, 2012, a group of 250 women from Bet Shemesh decided to raise their voices against the exclusion of women from the public domain by holding a mass public dance in the city square. The women, residents of the city from all ages and sectors, religious, traditional and secular, gathered together in a flashmob dance, in the city square and started dancing towards a change.

Hey, it was separate dancing after all!

By the way, a ray of sunshine for embattled Beit Shemesh. According to Jpost, coexistence group seeks to stimulate dialogue following strife between Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox.

Israeli working women: Know your rights!

I was sent this article by a fellow Israeli working woman:

Israeli working women: Know your rights

Israel is a completely different ball game when it comes to employee privacy, workers’ rights and being a woman in all that. You can sit at a job interview and get asked, “Are you planning on getting pregnant anytime soon?” and it’s culturally acceptable.

Apparently, it’s not legally acceptable anymore:

“During job interviews, young women are still likely to be asked the embarrassing question: “Are you planning to get pregnant?” Yet there were amendments to the Employment of Women Law in the past year and a half that work in women’s favor, which all working women should know about.”

Womens of Israel! Know your rights! The issues will come up – whether it’s about marriage, pregnancy, breast feeding, kid care. Be aware of the laws and the system in place to protect you before you get there.

Here are some of the amendments in place (courtesy of Haaretz):

  • A woman who misses work to breast-feed her baby, or due to a miscarriage, cannot be fired for 60 days after her return to work.
  • A father’s unpaid paternity leave can be instead of his wife’s unpaid leave.

However, is it true, as some would argue, that “every amendment that benefits working women deters employers, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, from hiring” them?

On the other hand, a hi tech CEO had this to say to negate that:

“Women, at least in high-tech are keenly aware of their rights. They tend to be more loyal to an organization than men. I will never forget [this loyalty] at the height of the high-tech bubble, 10 years ago, when not a single woman left us. If there are amendments to the law – this is natural and proper.”

Well, either way, as long as their are laws and amendments in place, it’s best for us to know about them so we can play by the rules out there.

Jewish news for womyn-folk.

Just found three headlines from the last couple days that I thought I’d share. Consider it a little taste of news in the womyn’s world.

Rabbi Metzger: Married women should give up maiden name

“Advice to women from the chief rabbi: Married women should give up their maiden name, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger told hundreds of women at a convention Monday dedicated to Jewish family values and religiosity. ‘We are currently in an era of permissiveness and there are many messages that create cracks in the Jewish home’s whole structure,’ the rabbi told the women in attendance.”

Pregnant, breastfeeding women must fast on Tisha B’Av

“The Halacha (Jewish law) holds no all-inclusive exemption for pregnant women or those breastfeeding. Each case must be assessed separately.

The rabbi explained that ‘the assumption that nowadays women are weaker than they were in the past is not necessary so, and the medical logic says that in light of the nutrition and medicine that we live with today, the situation is exactly the opposite.’

Thus, he disputes the lenient Halachic position stating that women in these situations must be exempt from fasting in all cases, a stance supported in the recent years by popular rabbis of the religious-Zionist persuasion.

This is the rule decided upon by the head of the Petach Tikva Hesder Yeshiva Rabbi Yuval Sherlow, right before Tisha B’Av.”

Fight for agunot isn’t over

“Jerusalem Family Court announces unprecedented ruling, orders man who refused to divorce his wife for nearly a decade to pay her $158,000 in damages. Rivkah Lubitch celebrates, but explains why the happy ending is still far off.”