From the moment you open “Nice” Jewish Girls by Julie Merberg and see the endpapers filled with adjectives — bold, courageous, unapologetic, radical, and enlightening — you know you’re holding a bold, courageous, unapologetic, radical, and enlightening book in your hands.
“Nice” Jewish Girls shares brief biographies of Jewish women who have achieved success in the areas of activism, entertainment, writing, art, science, entrepreneurship, leadership, and justice. The stories of women as diverse as Betty Friedan, Tiffany Haddish, Anne Frank, Estee Lauder, Golda Meir, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, among many others, are organized by field and period. Each section relates how the so-called nice Jewish girl overcame oppression, antisemitism, and/or sexism to lead a fulfilling life.
Merberg’s relatable writing includes background about each woman — her family, education, and career — as well as interesting pieces of trivia (did you know that Janet Yellen was an avid rock collector?), quotes, and historical context. Printed on colorful pages with illustrations by Georgia Rucker, images as bold and interesting as the women they depict, “Nice” Jewish Girls is bound to inspire your favorite “nice” Jewish girl.