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Rising to Gender Equality

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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The fight against patriarchy is a holy struggle. For far too long, men have wielded undue economic, social and political influence to the detriment of all other people. And while forms of #girlboss feminism have made headlines, they have sadly left much structural inequality intact—we still suffer gross disparities in pay, bodily autonomy and representation across board rooms and statehouses alike. Moreover, “gender justice” has too often left out our trans and gender nonconforming siblings, who are currently under legislative assault. Any movement for true gender equality must confront these myriad forms of harm. In this conversation, we’ll talk along the fault lines of these modern struggles—how we can build new coalitions of all people impacted by patriarchal abuse—to birth a world where everyone is free to live into the fullness of their gender without fearing violence or suffering injustice.

Abby Stein (she/her)w ill join Jacqui Lewis for this dialogue. This conversation is part of the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.

Abby Stein
Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, author, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent, and is a direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism. Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore a self-determined life. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy.

Her story has been covered in The New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, NBC, Vogue, InStyle, and more, as well as live appearances on CNN, Fox News, HuffPost Live, ShowTime, NowThis, PopSugar and internationally. In 2016, Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” young Jews who are inspiring change in the world. In 2018 she was awarded the Pride Award by the Brooklyn Borough President. She studied gender studies and political science at Columbia University in New York City.

Abby’s book Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman, a coming-of-age memoir, is available from Seal Press.


March 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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