York professor celebrates Jewish women’s courage

York Professor Sara Horowitz, author of Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction, was one of three noted scholars speaking on Sunday, Nov. 9, at a one-day symposium on “Suffragists and Survivors: A Celebration of Jewish Women’s Courage.”

The event was held at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington, DC, home of the historic National Woman’s Party.

Symposium discussions focused on Jewish women and the significant role they played in the suffrage and equal rights movement – their conviction and determination, which changed both the Jewish community and America forever.

Right: Sara Horowitz’s book

In particular, talks centred on the founder of the National Woman’s Party and leader in the international women’s movement, Alice Paul, who helped the Muller family escape the Holocaust and find safe refuge in the United States. Participants were invited to take part in a discussion about how stories like the Mullers’ influence the way one thinks about the Holocaust, the role of woman in social change and the importance of moral courage.

To learn more about the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, visit www.sewallbelmont.org.