Successful Women of Israel

stories featuring Israel's successful women

Month: April 2017

69 Things Israel’s Successful Women Love About Their Country

In the words of Hadas Shtaif, “every person needs a home and every nation needs to have a country and a land; a place to feel safe and to which to have a sense of belonging.”

During the entire year we may act like misbehaving siblings, fighting to belong, fighting for our place in the family or for more resources or recognition. But on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence day, it all stops. For 24 hours we stop to take pride in the beautiful home that we’ve built, and to honour those who through hard work and perseverance have achieved goals and have furthered our society, making our home better.

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InspHERation: Yiska Oppenheim – Marketing Strategist & Director of Emunah’s Business Club

What makes a hard-core religious kibbutznik leave the kibbutz to become the director of an all-women religious business club?

Yiska Oppenheim, left the kibbutz way of life to become a successful marketing strategist. She is behind the popular Israeli Facebook group Datiot Iskiot Medabrot [Religious Businesswomen Speak Out] and the director of Emunah Jerusalem’s Business Club. I met up with her to discuss her journey from kibbutz life to city life and the impact she’s having on religious female business owners.

The Kibbutz  –  a source of tension and growth

Yiska is second-generation kibbutz born. Her four grandparents made aliyah to the kibbutz from Italy.

But for Yiska, kibbutz life was complex.

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Should We Stop Trying to Empower Women With “Cutesy” Titles?

Do cute titles like “SHE-EO” and momtrepreneur do more harm than good?

I recently read a thoughtful article on Fast Company about “cutesy titles” like She-EO, girlboss and girlpower that harm women more than they empower them.

I think the article is an important one because as women, it’s vital that we’re aware of the language we use. And not just for ourselves, but for our society and perhaps especially for our kids.

The article has certainly made me more aware of the existence of a disempowering language that many of us use. But it also calls into question when it is okay to use titles that we as women feel empowered by.

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10 Favourite Equal Pay Day 2017 Tweets

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day 2017 in America. I say America, because the date of Equal Pay Day changes each year because it is based on how far into the year women have to work in order to earn what men earned the previous year.

In America, women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns; in Israel women earn 67 agurot for every shekel a man earns. In fact, Israel’s wage gap is one of the widest in the world, among developed countries.

If things continue to change at the rate at which they are changing now, it will take 44 years to close the wage gap in America, and 80 years to close the gap in Israel.

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