Marilyn P. Safir

Marilyn P. Safir is a professor emeritus in the School for Psychological Science, University of Haifa, where she was a founder and former director (1983–1993) of the university’s women’s studies program. Safir ran the first CR (consciousness raising) group in Israel in 1970, which then formed the basis for the new Women's Liberation Movement. She was also a founding member and first president of the Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies (IAFGS) (1998–2002). She was a founder and served for three terms as member of the executive board of the Israel Women’s Network and is active in a range of women’s advocacy organizations. She served as director of the National Commission on the Advancement of the Status of Women from 1986 to 1991. Safir founded and chaired the first International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women: Women’s Worlds in Haifa in 1981. This was the first major international feminist women’s studies congress and has continued every threeyears for 39 years. She has been awarded numerous awards and prizes for her contributions to Women and Women’s Studies

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In the 1980s and 1990s, Women and Gender Studies programs were established at the five Israeli Universities, emerging from the “New Women’s Liberation” movement of the 1970s. The programs faced many challenges, especially a lack of university support, but today are popular with students and faculty. Women’s Studies programs also developed at Israeli colleges, and the Israeli Association for Feminist and gender Studies is a national organization of feminist scholars.


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