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Marilyn P. Safir

Marilyn P. Safir is a professor in the Department of Psychology and director of Project KIDMA for the Advancement of Women at the University of Haifa, where she was a founder and former director (1983–1993) of the university’s women’s studies program. 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 for 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. In 2002 Safir was the first recipient of the Florence Denmark and Gori Gunvald Award for Research on Women and Gender, International Council of Psychologists.

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Women's Studies in Israel

The history of Women’s Studies (WS) in Israel cannot be examined without considering the related history of the “New Women’s Liberation” movement which began at the University of Haifa in 1970 (Safir et al.). Women immigrants from the United States and other English-speaking countries, who had believed that Israel was an egalitarian country, discovered that their expectations clashed strongly with the reality of women’s situation. This dissonance resulted in their creation of, and participation in, consciousness-raising groups that were the impetus for the new movement.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Marilyn P. Safir." (Viewed on December 15, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/safir-marilyn>.


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