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International Women’s Day and Israeli Feminism

Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s take a look at the status of women’s rights in Israel and commit ourselves to fighting for feminist values in the US and Israel. Read my latest for Student Israeli here.

“Today, Israeli feminists are still fighting for equality within a state that is marred by right-wing, religiously controlled institutions. A real wage gap exists between men and women, with women earning only 80% of what their male counterparts earn and only 52% of what they earn in executive positions. Violence against women is also still an issue in Israel, as are various forms of religion-based discrimination.

Israel is often portrayed as an idealistic oasis of women’s liberation and freedom in the Middle East. Many American right-wing organizations tout Israel as a beacon of equality for women in the Middle East while simultaneously peddling Islamophobic narratives about Israel’s neighbors and reinforcing inequality within their own organizations in the US.”

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