The Israeli Woman Leading a Feminist Revolt in ultra-Orthodox Society

A new documentary, ‘Women of Valor,’ spotlights the pioneering efforts of Esty Bitton Shushan to get Haredi parties to include women on their Knesset slates and improve their status in society

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The eldest of 12 children, Esty Bitton Shushan grew up in an ultra-Orthodox home where girls were barred from learning Talmud. Don’t bother your pretty little head with subjects only men can understand, she was told from a young age. Concentrate instead on developing your cooking and baking skills, the better to find yourself a nice husband.

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