Michal Baratz Koren is an Israeli artist (photographer) bringing the biblical #girlboss out from behind the mechitza and to the gallery walls. I've long been fascinated by jewish heroines and while pregnant with Hudi (once I found out I was carrying my second daughter) I found myself pouring over the ancient text to find unique women in holy history and read about as many female freedom fighters I could find. And let me tell you, there are many! It's honestly quite shocking that people view Judaism as a religion where women take the backseat - the women throughout the Torah paint a completely different picture.
I really never liked feminists much; I long-loved the idea of moms staying out of the workforce to nurture their families and build their homes. I used to fantasize about waking up in the early '60s (though, not as Betty Draper!) when a woman's primary roll was clear enough, yet she had options. But ever since my marriage fell apart, and I've had to deal with the cold harsh reality of being the underdog just for being the woman... Let's just say there was enough crap to turn me toward seeing the value and necessity for femininity.
These images by Baratz Koren have left me spellbound and in wonder. Read the fascinating details behind this art here. Enjoy!