WOMAN of ACTION – Phyllis Chesler, Phd.

A Celebration of Women

is excited to Celebrate the Life of this amazing woman.

A Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at City University of New York, she is selected to be one of the featured Women of our World. This Woman may be one of the most devoted Activists on the Planet, as she has Founded more Associations, Foundations and has written more books than most. As criticized as this woman may be, we Celebrate her Life, for she Takes Action at every step of the way and stands for her beliefs.

..her book & philosophy of “Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman” rings deep in my heart.

CHARITY begins at Home, regardless of culture, religion, nationality or sexuality, and as a NON PARTISAN Organization, we, A Celebration of Women, (standing for all Women) say that …

“…if Women don’t get united & start caring for all Women,

where will ‘We’ ever end up?


Dr. Phyllis Chesler



Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at City University of New York. She is an author, psychotherapist and an expert courtroom witness. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns in the United States and in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. A popular guest on campuses and in national and international print, television, radio and online media, she has been an expert commentator on the major events of our time. She has lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, and in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She currently resides in Manhattan.

Dr. Chesler is co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974), and is a charter member of the Women’s Forum (1973-74). She is a founder and Board member of the International Committee for Women of the Wall (1989), as well as an affiliated Professor with Haifa and Bar Ilan Universities. Dr. Chesler is also on the steering committee of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam.


Dr. Chesler’s thirteen books and thousands of articles and speeches have inspired people on many diverse issues. Her books include: Women and Madness; Women, Money and Power; About Men; With Child: A Diary of Motherhood; Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody; Sacred Bond: The Legacy of Baby M; Patriarchy: Notes of an Expert Witness; Feminist Foremothers in Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health; Letters to a Young Feminist; Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman; Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism’s Holy Site; The New Anti-Semitism. The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It; and The Death of Feminism.

What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom.

A revised and updated edition of her classic, best-selling work, Women and Madness, was published in 2005.

Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman
Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books | ISBN:
1556529465 | edition 2009 | PDF | 576 pages | 24,6 mb

Man’s inhumanity to Man”–the phrase is all too familiar.

…WOMEN are the Key to the Future of WOMEN…

But until Phyllis Chesler’s now-classic book, a profound silence prevailed about woman’s inhumanity to woman. Women’s aggression may not take the same form as men’s, but girls and women are indeed aggressive, often indirectly and mainly toward one another. They judge harshly, hold grudges, gossip, exclude, and disconnect from other women. Like men, women are exposed to the messages of misogyny and sexism that permeate cultures worldwide. Like men, women unconsciously buy into negative images that can trigger abuse and mistreatment of other women. But like other social victims, many do not realize stereotyping affects members within the victimized group as well as those outside the group. They do not realize their behavior reflects society’s biases.

How women view and treat other women matters. Are women oppressed? Yes. Do oppressed people internalize their oppressors’ attitudes? Without a doubt. Prejudice must first be acknowledged before it can be resisted or overcome. More than men, women depend upon one another for emotional intimacy and bonding, and exclusionary and sexist behavior enforces female conformity and discourages independence and psychological growth.

Continuing the pioneering work begun in Women and Madness—Chesler’s bestselling book that broke the story on double standards in psychology—Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman draws on important studies, revolutionary theories, literature, and hundreds of original interviews. Chesler urges us to look within, to treat other women realistically, ethically, and kindly, and to forge bold and compassionate alliances. This is a necessary next step for women, without which they will never be liberated.


In 2009, she published a new edition of Women’s Inhumanity to Woman with a new introduction; and, a completely revised edition of Mothers on Trial with eight new chapters is currently in press. Dr. Chesler has published two important academic studies about honor killings. They appeared in Middle East Quarterly in 2009 and again in 2010.

Her work has been translated into many languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Hebrew, and into many European languages.

Dr. Chesler has lectured on mental health, legal, medical, interfaith, and feminist subjects. In the last decade, her work has concerned women’s religious rights, the resurgence of anti-Semitism and jihad, Islamic gender and religious apartheid, and the ideological and propaganda war against America, Israel and the West.

Dr. Chesler has appeared on The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah, Nightline, CSPAN, 700 Club, CNN, Court TV, CSPAN, The Dennis Prager Show, Donahue, Geraldo, The History Channel, Israel National Radio, Al-Hurrah, The MacNeil-Lehrer Report, MSNBC, NPR, and Washington Journal and on network and local radio and TV programs all over North America and Europe. For three years, she was a regular contributor to NPR’s program At the Opera.

In the last few years, she has been interviewed hundreds of times in the media about anti-Semitism, jihadic terrorism and ….

Shahnaz Bibi, 35, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Ten years ago Shahnaz was burned with acid by a relative, due to a familial dispute.

violence against women,

If you can bear to see more pictures of Muslim Women,

who have suffered the same fate, at the hands of Muslim men,

find them here, posted by Phyllis Chesler.

including honor killings, (STONING)

and has delivered many lectures on these subjects.


Chesler Chronicles

Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman, Jihadic Style.

“While I was enjoying some sunshine in Savannah, (more to come about that), World War Four continued to rage blithely on.

Al-Qaeda in Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and North Africa, threatened terrorist attacks against Germany and Holland and threatened to kill a British hostage (captured on the border between Niger and Mali), if Britain does not release a radical Muslim preacher.

The Pakistani Taliban shot a couple dead for alleged adultery and their execution in Islamabad was captured on a cellphone; Egyptian police arrested a Muslim woman for having married a Coptic Christian; in Lahore, a Muslim husband killed his wife for failing to bear a son; in the Punjab, a Sikh physician-husband amputated his wife’s hand and that of her cousin with whom he suspected she was having an affair.

So much for male terrorists in foreign lands.

Last week, as I carefully smelled the roses in Georgia, there were three carefully organized explosions on one day in Iraq, which killed a total of 80 civilians. One explosion was carried out by a woman in a black abaya, holding a 5 year-old child’s hand, (probably not her own). She killed herself and 28 other Muslims in a crowded market in a Baghdad slum. The civilians, many of whom were other women, were waiting on line for free flour, cooking oil, tea, macaroni, and other staples that the police were handing out. Of course, police officers died as well.

Many people have written to me, surprised, outraged, perhaps demoralized by the fact that this latest Muslim-on-Muslim atrocity was committed by a woman and mainly against other women.

As the author of Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman, which is just now being released in a new edition with a new Introduction, I am, unfortunately, not surprised. Please recall how quickly the mainstream media covered the “sensational” use of rape by the male members of Al-Qaeda as a way to recruit female human bombs. At the time, people seemed surprised by the fact that Samira Jassim, an Iraqi woman, played an essential role in the further exploitation of these rape victims.

Although women depend upon each other for emotional intimacy and social stability, they are also highly competitive with, mistrustful of, or hostile towards other women. Like men, women have also internalized sexist beliefs. Are women really sexists? Of course they are. A study of 15,000 people in nineteen countries on five continents found that women hold sexist views just as men do. However, some studies suggest that women with low self-esteem are more likely to internalize negative views of women which may account for how such women treat other women: With cruelty rather than kindness.”

She writes a regular blog at Pajamas Media.com: Chesler Chronicles.


Over the years, Dr. Chesler has been published and interviewed in The Washington Post, heThe International Herald Tribune, The Times of London, Il Foglio, Ha’aretz, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The London Guardian, Muslim World Today, Yediot Aharonot, Science Magazine, etc. More recently, she has published steadily in FrontPagemag.com, The Jewish Press, The National Review, The Washington Times, The Jewish Week, The Intellectual Conservative, The World Jewish Digest, and Middle East Quarterly.

Her archives reside at Duke University.


She may be reached at her website www.phyllis-chesler.com. There are over 4 million references to Dr. Chesler’s work online. She has been profiled in many encyclopedias, including Feminists Who Have Changed America, Jewish Women in America, and in the latest Encyclopedia Judaica.


She writes a regular blog at Pajamas Media.com: Chesler Chronicles.

Everyone has a CRITIC,

and here is one of Phyllis Chesler:


A Celebration of Women

sends our blessings and support to this dynamic powerhouse.

Brava Dr. Chesler!


  1. Jesus Christ will have the last say and he will have the last say….these men and their occult will end with them in Hell. These women will be given a new body and mind to live with God in heaven where women only exist to love God and serve him…God is the creator of life and there is only one God in three parts…the Father ,the Son and the Holy Spirit and no one enters into heaven that reject the Son…this is the book of Truth.The Koran is the book of many lies…

  2. Women’s Rights In Islam
    The Conditions of Women in Arabia Before Islam

    In those days before Islam, women were treated like slaves or property. Their personal consent concerning anything related to their well-being was considered unimportant, to such a degree that they were never even treated as a party to a marriage contract.

    Women were used for one purpose, and then discarded. They had no independence, could own no property and were not allowed to inherit. In times of war, women were treated as part of the prize. Simply put, their condition was unspeakable.

    In addition, the birth of a daughter in a family was not an occasion for rejoicing, but was regarded with humiliation. The practice of killing female children was uncontrolled.

    With the advent of Islam came the verse from the Quran condemning those who practiced female infanticide:

    “And when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to any of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief! He hides himself from the people because of the evil of that whereof he has been informed. Shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the earth? Certainly, evil is their decision.”
    (An-Nahl 16:58-59)

    And as part of a description of various events on the Day of Judgment, the Quran mentions:

    “And when the female (infant) buried alive (as the pagan Arabs used to do)
    shall be questioned. For what sin she was killed? (At-Takwir 81:8-9)

    Outside Arabia conditions for women were no better. In India, Egypt, and all European countries in the Dark Ages, women were treated worse than slaves. They were not regarded as human beings but as sort of a sub-species between humans and animals.

    Allah (SWT) Gave the Arab Women Their Rights

    The rights of Muslim women were given to us by Allah (SWT), who is All-Compassionate, All-Merciful, All-Just, All-Unbiased, All-Knowing and Most Wise. These rights, which were granted to women more than 1400 years ago, and were taught by the perfect example of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), were given by the one Who created us and Who alone knows what rights are best for our female natures. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

    “O You who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will, and you should not treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the Mahr (bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at time of marriage) you have given them, unless they commit open illegal sexual intercourse. And live with them honorably. If you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing and Allah brings
    through it a great deal of good.” (An-Nisa 4:19)

    The most basic right of a woman in Islam is the knowledge and recognition that she never has to ask or demand or fight for her rights which are guaranteed to her by Allah (SWT) Himself.

  3. islam is the true and is the religion of peace…stop blaming on islam…it is the straight way…and is the way of successfull life…….. read about women’s right in qura’an surah al-nisa……………………………………………………………………………….. muslims r not terrorists….. we want peace in the whole world

  4. I find it tragic and sad, that a health professional and great advocate for women’s rights also hides behind those personas to attack a faith in often a sordid manor providing when it comes to the life of Muslims and Islam in generic, patronizing and often inaccurate methods.

    Chesler has in many ways gone to far and damaged her professonal standing, particular with her context-abused studies on honor-killing that picks and choses (the one thing that ruins statistics) what to count and what not to, implying that honor killing exists practically only within the Muslim world (and of course that it is Islam to blame). One must only go to the major and credible honor-killing organizations’ websites to note that it is cultural and in many areas. The reality, hidden because it is does not support Chesler’s vandetta, is that India’s female-infanticide, forced marriages and worse was included then the global figures given by her simply double. It is for some reason just tragic cultural issues over there but if in the Muslim world, it is religous based honor-killing even though it is not endemic or accepted in all the Muslim world clearly identifying that these tragic actions are culture, to particular regions and of course abhorent and condemnable to the maximum.

    The question really is why does someone with such credential (and has a health care professional with responsibilities and obligations) falling for such an ugly and disgusting cause? The cause of hate-for-profit ultimately has a cause in itself, be it religous extremism, personal payback for some past abuse or it could be as simple as monitary gain or searching for more radical support bases as the traditional support falls.


    Donny vdH

  5. I have read some amazing stories of some incredibly wonderful people in my lifetime but I must say, this one moved me beyond words!

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