Like many women of her generation, Bialik identified as a feminist. She spoke about it in a 2014 interview with BUST magazine. “I’ve been teased and mocked for being a feminist at least from the sixth grade on. I’ve never shaved my legs, which was absolutely part of my feminist identity.” On the set of Blossom, she said, her co-star Joey Lawrence would jokingly call her “a crazy, lunatic feminist.”
She also spoke about how her feminism and her interests intersected with her religion. She grew up in Reform Judaism, but then became an Orthodox Jew. When the interviewer asked, “Do you look at your love of cooking through a feminist lens?” she answered, “I’m glad I was raised with a love and appreciation for the things that I can do with my hands that are distinctively female in my culture.”
Bialik’s religion is a huge part of her life, in fact. And one part of it involves modesty and modest dressing, which the actress has written about before. In 2015, she wrote an article for Kveller called “Common Myths About Orthodox Judaism – Debunked!” “Basic Jewish law requires women to cover their upper arms, upper legs, and chest,” she said. This is what she herself adheres to.