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Penny Rosenwasser


Penny Rosenwasser is Events Coordinator for the Middle East Children’s Alliance and a long-time activist with (and a founding Board member of) Jewish Voice for Peace. She has been organizing around a large spectrum of peace and social justice issues for over forty years, including women’s and gay rights, AIDS, prison reform, safe energy, international solidarity, anti-oppression and anti-militarism issues, and full human rights for Palestinians and Israelis. Penny is the author of Voices from a ‘Promised Land’: Palestinian & Israeli Peace Activists Speak Their Hearts. She earned her Ph.D. in Transformative Learning & Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and is a part-time instructor at the City College of San Francisco. Her forthcoming book, Hope into Practice: Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears, will be published in September 2013.


Learn more about Penny Rosenwasser by visiting her website.





Visionary Voices

Women on Power

Edited by Penny Rosenwasser

Feminist movements have made a profound impact on both spiritual and political practices; as a multicultural collection of interviews with women about the complexities of personal and social empowerment, this book connects the two through the voices of activists, healers and artists, poets and politicians. The uniqueness of Visionary Voices lies in the diversity of its contributors—including Deena Metzger, Papusa Molina, Fran Peavey, Winona LaDuke and many more—and their collective dismantling of the false dichotomy between spiritual and political growth.


I felt inspired hearing women discuss their efforts to create revolution as well as meaningful personal lives.



An exceptionally relevant collection, carefully put together and skillfully edited; it belongs in every library collection.

—WLW Journal


Visionary Voices is a significant contribution to women’s studies and highly recommended for anyone interested in women’s spirituality as well.

—The Midwest Book Review


Visionary Voices is a thought-provoking point-of-view piece.

—San Francisco Bay Guardian


How can we not read this insightful contribution to the clearer understanding of our various selves…It makes us richer for the experience.

—Gay & Lesbian Times

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