An NYT obituary:
Rosalyn Baxandall, Feminist Historian and Activist, Dies at 76
By WILLIAM GRIMES OCT. 14, 2015
Rosalyn Baxandall, a feminist historian who was among the first to bring scholarly attention to the historical role of women in the workplace and to expand the meaning of “women’s work,” died on Tuesday night at her home in Manhattan. She was 76. …
Ms. Baxandall served on the front lines of the feminist movement in New York in the late 1960s.
She helped create Liberation Nursery, the first feminist day care center in New York. As an early member of New York Radical Women and Redstockings, she picketed the 1968 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, one of the most visible of the feminist protests of the ’60s, forever associated with a symbolic burning of restrictive women’s clothes that mainstream publications referred to as a “bra burning.” …
Rosalyn Fraad, known as Ros, was born on June 12, 1939, in Manhattan into a radical household. Her father, Lewis M. Fraad, was a Communist who worked for the Communist International, or Comintern, in Vienna in the 1930s and later became the chief of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Her mother, the former Irma London, was a Communist lawyer and the niece of Meyer London, who was elected to Congress on the Socialist Party ticket in 1914.
“We threw Tampax at the F.B.I. agents who parked outside of our home for two days after my father refused to speak with them,” Ms. Baxandall and her sister Harriet wrote in an essay for “Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left” (1998), edited by Judy Kaplan and Linn Shapiro. “We giggled dirty words into the phone when told that it was tapped.”
Her mother’s deep unhappiness at suspending her career to raise children made a profound impression on her.
If you look closely enough, you’ll notice lots of examples of this Jewish tactical genius for transmuting intra-Jewish hostilities into rage against society as a whole. (Society as a whole, of course, never figures out what’s really going on). The Jewish Socialist wife was secretly resentful of her Jewish Communist but patriarchal husband for forcing her to keep an elegant home (at least, in the telling of her Jewish radical feminist daughters), and pretty soon nice Lutherans in Duluth are feeling vaguely guilty about how they somehow must have oppressed this poor rich woman in New York City.
Similarly, the social divide between German Jews and Eastern European Jews in America (which was exemplified by problems the Eastern Jews had in getting into German Jews’ country clubs) has been forgotten due to American Jews adopting the myth that their great-grandfathers really wanted to get into gentile country clubs.
Along somewhat similar lines, Henry Kissinger’s conclusion after years of negotiating with Israeli politicians was that Israel’s foreign policy was basically a front to give Israelis somebody to hate besides each other. Considering the horrific toll taken by civil wars in neighboring Syria and Lebanon, this strategy of redirecting animosities outward seems prudent.