Mayim Bialik Endorses Faithfully Feminist

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We are thrilled to share that Jewish Feminist and Emmy Nominated Actress Mayim Bialik has endorsed Faithfully Feminist!  Here is what she has to say about the upcoming volume in the I Speak for Myself Series:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Mayim Bialik attends the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 18: Mayim Bialik attends the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

“What a brave and powerful examination of observance and empowerment; of living within boundaries and embracing the possibilities they reveal. The importance of appreciating the challenges and simultaneous beauty of living inside of a system of observance cannot be overemphasized. This compilation does all of that and more.” 

Mayim Bialik is widely known for her role on the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” for which she has been nominated 3 times for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.  Bialik is perhaps most well-known for her lead role in the 1990s sitcom “Blossom,” in addition to several other TV and movie appearances, including her portrayal of the young Better Midler in “Beaches.” Bialik’s role in “The Big Bang Theory” as a neuroscientist is based off her real-life role with a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

In addition to her TV personality and career as a scientist, Bialik is a mother, modern Orthodox Jew, vegan chef, and a high-profile public speaker and advocate of attachment parenting. In 2012 Bialik published her book on attachment parenting, Beyond the Sling, and she is a current blogger in Kveller.com, a Jewish parenting site. Her second book, Mayim’s Vegan Cookbook, is a well researched and terrific vegan resource.

As a feminist, Bialik speaks up about injustice against women, sexist comments, advocates for breast-feeding and bedsharing, and for women to be fully in control of their bodies. Bialik expresses her Jewish feminism in particular in a film she narrated on the subject of agunot – women’s whose husbands refuse to grant them divorce called “Women Unchained.” In an interview about her feelings on the project, Bialik said,  “Especially as a woman who was not raised religious and who is identified as a feminist, I think it’s important to show that there are absolutely aspects of traditional Judaism that are theoretically problematic, but not insurmountable.”

Faithfully Feminist is now available for pre-order.

Author: Faithfully Feminist

Coming in August 2015 from White Cloud Press, Faithfully Feminist is a collection of essays from women who straddle a feminist religious identity and address the questions “Why do you stay?” and “How do you stay?” Contributors discuss personal experience related to their own gendered challenges within their traditions and creatively share their stories of practicing faith in the face of challenge. This book consists of 45 essays written by 15 Christian women, 15 Muslim women, and 15 Jewish women.

2 thoughts on “Mayim Bialik Endorses Faithfully Feminist

  1. Excellent! And what a great endorsement. I am excited to be using this book in the Women and Religion class I will be teaching at Cal State Northridge this fall!

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  2. Pingback: Feminism and Faith by Judith Plaskow, Rosemary Redford Ruether, and amina wadud |

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