Dafna Nundi Gewurtz Izraeli examined Israeli society through the lens of gender studies, showing how sexism in the Israeli army had wider repercussions for gender inequality in Israeli businesses and politics. Izraeli earned a BA and an MSW from McGill University as well as a PhD in sociology and anthropology from Manchester University in England before a post-doctoral year at UC Berkeley in 1972 introduced her to the women’s movement and changed the course of her career. She first taught at Tel Aviv University, then moved to Bar Ilan University, where she became chair of the department of sociology and anthropology and founding chair of the interdisciplinary program in gender studies, one of only two graduate programs for gender studies in the country. In her research, she showed not only the tensions of work and family obligations on Israeli women, but also the ways in which women, who were denied promotion to the highest ranks in the Israeli army, were then bereft of the cache and connections that male ex-generals used to gain political and economic power. Beyond her research, she was a founding board member of Legal Equity Action for Women in the Workplace, co-chaired the first International Interdisciplinary Conference on Women in 1981, cofounded the Israel Women’s Network in 1984, and served as vice president of the New Israel Fund.
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