Gender Equity

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Report: Does Doing “All the Right Things” Really Get Women Ahead?

A report in Catalyst's series on highly talented employees tackles finds that when women did all the things they have been told will help them get ahead—using the same tactics as men—they still advanced less than their male counterparts and had slower pay growth. It includes a series of questions about why disparities in career advancement may exist.

Presentation: Gender and Jewish Life, From the Corner Office and the Windowless Cubicle

Joanna Samuels speech at Wexner Foundation on gender equity.

Article: Women Leaders in Judaism

Shifra Bronznick, Didi Goldenhar and Joanna Samuels' piece, published in Sage, explores the history of women in Judaism and their role over time.

Article: Creating Change in the Federation System

Shifra Bronznick's piece discusses the report on gender bias in the Federation system, including practical strategies for making change in the Jewish community.

Report: Anatomy of Change: How Inclusive Cultures Evolve

A study by Catalyst asks, how do you make a seriously male-oriented organization more inclusive, so both women and minorities can advance? The study is the fourth in Catalyst’s Engaging Men research series. Through in-depth focus groups, it identifies the critical factors necessary for creating inclusive organizations.

Infographic: Work is Not a Place, It’s a Thing You Do

Infographic detailing statistics of how flexible work programs improve the lives of employees.

Blog Post: Male Privilege Checklist

A list of 46 ways for men to recognize male privilege, based on a 1990 paper by Wellesley College professor Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

Blog Post: 101 Everyday Ways for Men to Be Allies to Women

A list of 101 ideas of how to acknowledge male privilege and make every-day, interpersonal changes in your actions toward women. Targeted toward a young adult population.

Article: Liberals Are That Way Too?

An editorial by Rabbi Debbie Bravo calling out the Union of Reform Judaism on it's predominantly male leadership team and calling on the leadership to be true to it's values and promote gender equity.

Presentation: Conference for Change – Agenda and Program

Program and agenda, along with participant bios, for 2007's Conference for Change.

Article: Women Speak Up

Men are five times more likely to submit Op-Ed articles to outlets than women. Katie Orenstein, founder of The Op-Ed Project and a partner of AWP's sought to change it by training women to get their voices into the public sphere.

Article: A Simple Suggestion to Help Phase Out All-Male Panels at Tech Conferences

An article in The Atlantic urging men in technology to take a pledge not to participate on all-male panels; inspired by AWP's Men as Allies initiative.

Article: A Mitzvah of Egalitarianism

Shaul Kelner writes about taking the AWP pledge to not participate on all-male panels.

How To: Dual Agenda Worksheet

Learn how equity connects to effectiveness and diagnose your own organization, using scholarship and worksheets by Lotte Bailyn and Joyce Fletcher.

How To: Dual Agenda Exercise

Learn how equity connects to effectiveness and diagnose your own organization, using scholarship and worksheets pioneered by Lotte Bailyn and Joyce Fletcher.

Article: Gender Bias Is a Fact of Communal Life

An article demonstrating the lack of gender equity in the Jewish communal world, pointing to a national conference sponsored by the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute as an example of gender bias to be addressed. Written by Steven Cohen and Shaul Kelner it references their eight studies of gender equity in the Jewish communal world.

How To: Gender Assessment Tool

Questionnaire adapted from the surveys developed by the Johns Hopkins University Committee on the Status of Women and from the evaluation tool used by Working Mother magazine to select their annual “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.

Article: How Research Fuels Change

Findings from AWP and the UJC's (now JFNA - Jewish Federations of North America) research on women's leadership in federations, and how that research lead to intervention and catalytic change.

Report: Creating Gender Equity and Organizational Effectiveness in the Jewish Federation System: A Research-and-Action Project

This report, based on nearly a hundred interviews with federation lay and professional leaders, explores the causes and implications of the gender imbalance, and then recommends strategies for change.


Change the Jewish conversation: Doesn't an all-male roster suggest these are the best presenters? An all-male roster on a panel or publication usually means that these are the best known presenters or writers. Let’s break this cycle. When we rely on the same speakers time after time, we send the message that there’s nothing new under the sun. Identifying women scholars, intellectuals, rabbis, and leaders will bring a fresh point o

Men as Allies

Many influential men in Jewish life agree that our community will flourish with shared leadership. AWP's male allies want to infuse the Jewish conversation with the voices and viewpoints of women scholars, rabbis, public intellectuals, and institutional executives.


Women still earn less than their male counterparts – 77 cents to every dollar. This is as true in the nonprofit sector as in Fortune 500 companies. It’s also true in the Jewish community, where we claim to value equity and meritocracy. While the difference has narrowed – in 1967 women earned 58 cents to a man’s dollar — progress has stalled. At this rate, it will take 45 years to close the gap!

Level the Playing Field

Leveling the Playing Field is a guidebook for advancing women in Jewish organization life. It's useful for anyone who believes that gender equity and shared leadership are vital to the health of Jewish communities, and who wants to turn beliefs into action.

Make the Case

Make the case for gender equity and shared leadership: Here are the questions most often asked — and the answers that we think make the strongest case for gender equity and shared leadership. Why is gender equity a Jewish issue? Justice, equality, and excellence – these are sol