Searching for the Banner of the Hebrew Woman

The activity of women in the early pre-state period has been erased from the political history of Israel, argues the author of a new book on the struggle for suffrage and its repercussions today.

In the summer of 1919, an older, white-haired woman stood beside a young woman on the deck of the ship that was bringing them to the Land of Israel. In the blinding sun, the pair excitedly watched the approaching shoreline. “I cannot believe we will be docking on the Jaffa beach ... It sounds like a sentence in a novella or a dream,” the young woman wrote to her friend Henrietta Szold, before the ship...