Jewish Journal

Women Paid Far Less Than Men in Jewish Organizations

by Susan Freudenheim

November 5, 2009 | 1:58 pm

Anyone celebrating how far women have come since the heyday of the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s should take a look at the survey just released by The Forward, which shows that among leading U.S. Jewish communal organizations “fewer than one in six are run by women, and those women are paid 61 cents to every dollar earned by male leaders.” This is despite the fact that women occupy approximately 75 percent of the workforce in those organizations, according to the report.

Indeed, when the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently named JTN chief Jay Sanderson as its new president, it was widely known that all four finalists for the job were men: Sanderson, former City Councilman Jack Weiss, former William Morris COO Irv Weintraub and Joshua Fogelson, executive director of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Were there no qualified women, many were asking? Or did all the great women decline to be considered?

Given the contribution women make to the Jewish community, on every level, there ought to be both more head scratching and consciousness raising on this issue. Among us all, male and female alike.


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