Beyond Rabbi Hiyya's Wife: Women's Voices in Jewish Bioethics
halakha, women, bioethics
Although women are represented throughout halakha as actors, as questioners, even occasionally as disputants, there is one role from which they have been thoroughly excluded: scholars and interpreters of halakha. Despite their exclusion from the study of halakha, however, glimmers of women's influence are pushing through. And even in bioethics there has been a recent movement for change among feminist but traditional women scholars, who have begun to speak to such issues as abortion and contraception.
Dena S. Davis, Beyond Rabbi Hiyya's Wife: Women's Voices in Jewish Bioethics, 16 Second Opinion 10 (March 1991)