Israel: A Century of Political Involvement: A Century of Political Involvement

Reut Itzkovitch-Malka, Chen Friedberg

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Itzkovitch-Malka and Friedberg provide an overview of women’s eligibility and political participation in Israel. The chapter begins with a description of Jewish women’s efforts to win suffrage and eligibility to run for office in the pre-state era. It then maps the patterns in the descriptive representation of women in the Israeli parliament since the establishment of the state until today. It also addresses the mechanisms and debates surrounding the use of gender quotas to increase the representation of women in parliament. Finally, it discusses the substantive representation of women in the Knesset, comparing the parliamentary activity of female Knesset members (MKs) to that of their male counterparts. The authors show that when engaging in most policy issues, there are no clear gender differences between the legislators except for two areas: women’s issues and national security. Women legislators contribute more to the volume of legislation on issues related to women and their status in society compared to men. They also place this policy area higher up their set of parliamentary priorities. Men, on the other hand, contribute more to the legislations on na
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publication The Palgrave Handbook of Women’s Political Rights
EditorsSusan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, Netina Tan
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-59074-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-59073-2
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameGender and Politics
ISSN (Print)2662-5814
ISSN (Electronic)2662-5822

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  • Female Legislators
  • Gender Quotas
  • Israeli Parliament
  • Parliamentary Priorities
  • Women Legislators


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