Rachel Adato's Visit to W&L Madeleine Boireau '17

Rachel Adato’s story is one that men and women around the world should hear. We at Washington and Lee Hillel were lucky enough to hear it in person. Adato was the first female gynecologist in Israel, practicing in the women’s department of Hadassah Medical Center and eventually becoming the Deputy Director of the Hadassah Hospital. Later in life, Adato became the first woman in the Knesset leading a law, commonly referred to as the Photoshop Law. The law banned models with a BMI lower than 18.5 as well as banning the use of Photoshop to make any model look smaller, without a clear declaration that Photoshop was used. Washington and Lee Hillel, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Shepherd Poverty Program, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and Hillel International sponsored the event. The event was also live streamed so anyone could share the experience of hearing this amazing woman speak.

After the talk, the sponsoring faculty and students who wrote the winning Hillel Hinenu grant had dinner in the Mason Taylor New Room with Dr. Adato. The opportunity to spend time with Adato in a smaller, informal setting was an invaluable experience. Washington and Lee University has brought countless remarkable people to campus and it was a privilege to be able to work as part of Hillel to add a woman of such caliber to that list of people.