Wonder Woman and the Jews: Exploring Zionist Female Role Models
Jewish History has been full of strong, dynamic and powerful women. From Miriam the prophetess, to Deborah the Judge, to Queen Esther in biblical times; Hannah Senesh, Henrietta Szold, Sarah Schenirer and Golda Meir in more modern history; women have played a profound role in charting the course of Jewish history and destiny.
Today we still have strong women leading the way in Israel and internationally, waving the flag as proud Feminists and Zionists. For example, in popular culture Rita (singer) and Gal Gadot (actress) are two key Israeli women who have broken into international consciousness as leaders in their fields. Shachar Pe’er (Tennis), Linoy Ashram (Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Yarden Gerbi (Judo) are three Israeli female sports stars that have represented their country wearing the Star of David with pride and honor.
What challenges did these role models face? How would you deal with the situations they faced? How are our lives today influenced by the actions of those who came before us?
This activity was designed to help you explore what it means to be a proud Zionist Feminist as a dynamic group discussion and debate, appropriate for teenagers and older.