Beth Cooper Benjamin serves as a vocal advocate for girls in the Jewish communal world. In addition to co-facilitating Ma’yan’s participatory action research with Jewish teen girls (the Research Training Internship), she has addressed audiences including the Jewish Funders Network and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County, and contributed writing to Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Torah at the Center journal, Moving Traditions’ Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, and the Journal of Jewish Communal Service.
Beth received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her dissertation, entitled What to Give the Girl Who Has Everything, examines the definition and practice of girls’ leadership in an affluent, suburban, adolescent Girl Scout troop. Beth has presented research at conferences including the Society for Research on Adolescence, the Network for Research in Jewish Education, and the Gender and Education Association (in Dublin, Ireland). Beth has worked extensively with single-sex programs for adolescent girls, both as a researcher and a practitioner. She has also consulted and conducted trainings for girl-serving organizations including the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
Beth’s research is included in New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future, edited by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein (2008, Jewish Lights), and Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage in the United States, edited by Adam Howard and Ruben A. Gaztambide-Fernandez (2010, Rowman & Littlefield).