Authors Aniza Yezierska

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Authors: Anzia Yezierska (1880-1970) In the course of a career that spanned more than fifty years, Anzia Yezierska recorded Eastern European women immigrants' struggles to find a place for themselves both within their traditional Jewish culture and within American society. Yezierska's goal as an author involved articulating Jewish women's experiences to a larger audience: she hoped her writing would "build a bridge of understanding between the American- born and myself." Born in Plinsk, a Jewish shtetl outside Warsaw, Poland, Yezierska immigrated to New York with her large family when she was about fifteen years old. Settling in a tenement on the Lower East Side, the family attempted to live according to Old World values: Yezierska's father pursued Talmudic scholarship, his sons received an education, and his wife and daughters earned money to support the family. Like her mother and sisters Yezierska worked in sweatshops and as a domestic servant, but eventually she determined to rebel against her father's patriarchal values. In 1899 she left home to support herself and get an education. In her pursuit of independence, Yezierska took a room on her own at the Clara de Hirsch Settlement
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