Yael Gordon, 1914, as cited in The Struggle for Equality: Urban Women Workers in Prestate Israeli Society, p.6
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This must be our aim, especially in this young society being formed in Palestine out of the desire of the (Jewish) people to preserve its character and its “self” through work and creation. The young Jewish women who come here want not only to fulfill their national roles as daughters of our nation, but also to find themselves, the “self” of the woman-person, who has no more fitting place in the world in which to find the roots of her soul and to give it expression than in the workers’ sector of our land.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. How does Gordon talk about the early Jewish women pioneers? What do you think of this portrayal?

2. How does a woman find her "self"? What does this mean?

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Time Period: Modern (Spinoza through post-WWII)