1st Edition

#UsToo How Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Women Changed Our Communities

By Keren R. McGinity Copyright 2023
    156 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    #UsToo: How Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Women Changed Our Communities examines the relationship between sexual harassment, gender, and multiple religions, highlighting the voices of women of different faiths who found their voices and used them for the betterment of their communities.

    Through personal interviews and other research, this book explores the actions of American Jewish, Muslim, and Christian women who broke the silence about sexual misconduct and abuse of power by male co-religionists. Using a three-dimensional, ethnoreligious approach that examines gender, ethnicity, and religion, it addresses the relationship between religion and women’s experiences and examines both historical contexts and present-day experiences of sexual misconduct within faith communities.

    This book will be of key interest to students within Gender Studies, History, Religion, and Sociology, clergy and lay religious leaders, and human rights advocates.

    Introduction; 1 #GamAni: Jewish Women Find Their Voices; 2 #MosqueToo: Muslim Women Moving Mountains; 3 In Christ, We Pray, Amen; Conclusion


    Keren R. McGinity is the first interfaith specialist at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. She is also a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and teaches American Studies at Brandeis University. Her pioneering books, Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America (NYU Press 2009), a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press 2014), provided groundbreaking analyses about Jewish continuity by focusing on gender and change over time

    "#UsToo is a much-needed work of religious alliance politics, which chronicles McGinity's journey to becoming a scholar-activist. In these pages, we learn about Mona Eltahawy, who was responsible for the hashtag #MosqueMeToo and a Twitter thread that revealed the enormity of the problem of Muslim women being violated in sacred spaces, as well as the organization In Shayk’s Clothing that released a Code of Conduct for Islamic Leadership. And we are introduced to Sophia Nelson, who coined the “#UsToo” hashtag of McGinity’s title to ensure that Black women’s experiences were represented in the #MeToo movement. Kudos to this “persister” who forges interfaith feminist connections."

    - Helen Meyers, 'Seven Powerful Jewish Feminist Moments of 2023', Lilith Magazine