Today we celebrate IWD 2023, and just yesterday we were immersed in Purim festivities, remembering two incredible women – Vashti and Esther who defy their circumstances to bring about systemic change.
Their actions and subsequent stories echo the foundation of IWD – a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. A day when we look to the many trailblazing women who have gone before us, and in whose gratitude we now stand, to face and confront the challenges of modern life.
IWD reminds us that it is the worldwide efforts of women that brings about change, and it is in community that we enable and encourage one another to be the best we can be, even if that means making the harder choice as Vashti and Esther both did. The message of Purim, offers inspiration that even then, in the most ancient of days women refused to be demeaned, silenced, and ignored and on IWD 2023 we need this message more than ever.
The Movement for Reform Judaism is proud of our work in championing women’s rights, equality and inclusion. Our latest podcast episode discusses the story of Purim against the backdrop of travelling between these moments in time. You can listen in here, and also to this inspirational episode featuring Rabbi Jackie Tabick – the UK’s first female rabbi.
On IWD 2023 we are reminded that if Esther could save the Jews, we can continue to seek and see the empowerment of women everywhere, and to do so together – wherever we are.