Gender Equality in Israel May 1, 2007Posted by Melissa in bodies, careerwomen, controversy, female executives, female politicos, female soldiers, G.I. Jane, gender, general considerations, Girl Power, in the news, Israel, nationalism, Spain.
I found this article earlier today about the status of gender equality in Israel. I don’t find the statistics surprising, women have been paid up to 1/3 less than men in the gad that hasn’t changed since 1967, but the fact that they reflect the situation in Israel- I say this because one of the more well-known facts about the country is forced conscription for both men and women. This may just be a severe misunderstanding on my part, but I would have guessed that a country which views both genders as capable of protecting the nation would have been more modern all around? The article states that most sectors discriminate against women, even the army, and questions whether affirmative action would work in the country by looking to Scandinavia and Spain as examples. I was wondering what other people thought of this? I know Israel is a deeply religious country, to say the least, but did others expect the statistics to be so drastic? Also, looking back to class conversations on gender and nationalism, is it fair that a state- which utilizes women to protect their nation- to be so backwards on their stance towards social gender equality?