Bat-Sheva Margalit Stern

Bat-Sheva Margalit Stern teaches gender and women studies at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and was an affiliated scholar at Stanford University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her work focuses on issues related to women workers in pre-state Israel. Among her publications are Rebels of Unimportance: The 1930s Textile Strike in Tel Aviv and the Boundaries of Women’s Self-Reliance and Recruiting and Organizing Women in the Histadrut: Establishing the Domestic Workers Trade Union in Tel Aviv—A Case Study (Hebrew). Her book on the Women Workers Movement is forthcoming.

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Histadrut (the General Federation of Workers) was founded in 1920 to bring together Jewish workers who had recently arrived in Palestine. Though the organization proclaimed equal treatment and opportunities for women and men workers, the reality was not so simple.

Mo'ezet Ha-Po'alot (Council of Women Workers)

The Mo’ezet Ha-Poalot was founded in 1921 as the women’s branch of the Histadrut, the General Federation of Workers in mandatory Palestine. In the name of women workers, the organization struggled for many years for equality in the eyes of the Histadrut, though it ultimately came to represent more broadly the interests of Jewish women in Palestine and Israel, including immigrants and housewives.

Beba Idelson

Beba Idelson was an Israeli politician and dedicated Zionist activist. She served as a member of the Knesset for sixteen years and was instrumental in shaping the character of the State of Israel, especially as it pertained to women’s rights.


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