(Drawing of Emma Lazarus.)
Commissioned by Ma'yan, 2001
Women of Valor was a commission by the Jewish Women’s Archive to celebrate historical women in Judaism who made a great difference in our society. The Archive gave Swados a list of the women they wanted (including Anne Waldman who founded the Henry Street Settlement, Madam Alexander who was a highly successful doll maker and businesswoman, Emma Lazarus, various suffragettes, and more modern women including Bella Abzug) and she did the research and put together this song cycle.
(Photograph of Madame Alexander.)