Between the Flag and the Banner
Women in Israeli Politics
Publication Year: 1997
Published by: State University of New York Press
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
LIST OF TABLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
During a flight to the United States on my way to sabbatical leave, I noticed something strange in my Israeli passport: on page 3, my picture was pasted beside an empty space, under which I found written: "The wife's picture." When I looked closely at the official document, I found, to my amazement, on ...
1. Between the Flag and the Banner: Dilemmas in the Political Life of Israeli Women
The political lives of women in Israel have been shaped by an acute dilemma, a choice between their desire to foster national progress and their quest for feminist self-fulfillment. Women who wanted to play an equal part in building the new homeland rejected sex as a basis for political mobilization and interest ...
PART I. Women in Political Institutions and Associations
2. Women in the Elite
Discussion of women in the Israeli elite brings to mind the late prime minister Golda Meir, a woman of worldwide renown. Meir was helped neither by the tutelage of a political father nor by a politician husband, but rose through arduous and long party work. But the woman prime minister was a glaring exception. In Israel, ...
3. Women's Associations and Movements
Women's associations have been at the forefront of the struggle for women's equality in Israel, invariably confronting the well-known dilemma between national goals and gender objectives. Some women groups have ignored it, arguing that working toward the implementation of collective ends is not incompatible ...
PART II. Ordinary Women in Political Life
4. Political Participation: Women in the Party-State
Israel has been described as a highly politicized society, a party-democracy in which political parties wield influence on social and political life (Arian 1989). Although the impact of the parties on society has somewhat eroded now compared with the state's formative era, considerations based on party politics still ...
5. Women's Gender Identity: "Who am I?"
A headline in Naamat's monthly captured the essence of womanhood in Israel: "I Am Not a Feminist, but ... " The article recalled that Israeli women, even the "progressive" ones, often state that although they are not "feminists" they support women's quest for equality. Rejection of feminism is deepened ...
PART III. Women and Public Policy
6. Labor Policy: The Problem of Economic Equity
Women in Israel enjoy economic equality before the law. The most important paragraph in the Women's Equal Rights Law (1951) provides that "There shall be one law for men and women in all judicial cases, any regulation discriminating against a woman as such will be invalid." Still, economic resources are not equally ...
7. Family Policy: Patriarchy in the Jewish State
In March 1993 a spokeswoman for Naamat stated, at a widely publicized press conference, that the theme chosen for that year's Women's Status Month, was "Family Values."l The slogan amply illustrated the centrality of family in organized women's activity in the country. "The family means something special to ...
8. Body Politics: The Right to Life and Its Challengers
In a family-centered society like Israel, the question of the right to life could never have remained a private matter, but was bound to become subject to public regulation. As noted, an overwhelming majority of Israelis, women and men, favor granting women the right to decide whether to carry the fetus to birth or ...
9. Conclusion: From Integration to Mobilization?
This study has sought to examine the political life of women in Israel, a visionary democracy, where democratic procedures are supplemented (or superseded) by overarching collective national norms. The analysis has delineated the alternative path for women's political affiliation and activity: integration into the ...
Page Count: 292
Publication Year: 1997
Series Title: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Series Editor Byline: Russell Stone See more Books in this Series
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