Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman was born in Kovno (now called Kaunas), part of the Russian Empire, on June 27, 1869 (d. May 19, 1940). She “stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality and independence, and union organization. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War.(Source:The Emma Goldman Papers)

PBS film about Emma Goldman.

Emma Goldman at the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Emma Goldman at Wikipedia.

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  1. Thank you for such a wonderful atrcile!! I just have to put in my two-cents The problem with parents being so judgmental is that, when people who are sitting on the fence about whether they want to have kids or not see these parents who are judgmental and think, Wow, if having kids turns me into such a bitter and angry person then I definitely don’t want that life! I don’t have kids but I agree, there are benefits to both choices. Childless people will have experiences parents never will and parents will have experiences the childless never will. It’s all a matter of person choice and what it right for you in YOUR life. Which brings me to my second point: would angry parents PLEASE stop coming onto Facebook pages that are geared towards people without kids simply to criticize us and tell us how wrong we are?! We don’t go on mom-themed blogs and Facebook pages and like the page simply so we can insult and criticize the moms who are on there (I speak for myself here), so why do they do it? That is definitely not helping any of us get along. You can’t tell someone they are wrong because they made a personal decision. Only that person knows what is right and wrong for their own life. Children are not a religion yet they feel the need to ram it down our throats just like it is and it’s very frustrating. Maybe that’s why some of us are so defensive, hmmm? You can’t condemn someone and then expect that person to respect you. Remember: my decision is not a personal attack on your chosen lifestyle. It is my choice and it is not your place to question it.

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