Another Emma “Makes Trouble”

Pregnant women take note: There’s something about the name “Emma” that turns a girl into a prizefighter swinging her fists for human––often specifically women’s––rights, or, as we like to say here at the Jewish Women’s Archive, a “troublemaker” in the best sense of the word.

For starters, think Statue of Liberty poet and immigrant advocate Emma Lazarus, one of JWA’s “Women of Valor,” and feminist/anarchist Emma Goldman. In fact some critics have even labeled Jane Austen’s Emma a “feminist novel.”

And now there’s Emma Axelrod.

This Emma is one of a trio of New Jersey teenagers who, after learning that it’s been 20 years since a woman (Carole Simpson) moderated a U.S. presidential debate, decided to stop complaining and do something about it.

The Montclair High School students used the Web to post petitions to the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Democratic and Republican National Committees.


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