Secondary Breadwinners: Israeli Women in the Labor Force

Secondary Breadwinners: Israeli Women in the Labor Force

by Vered Kraus


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The first comprehensive account of women's participation in the Israeli labor force, Kraus's book analyzes the trends in the status of women in paid employment since the 1960s. Covering all aspects of labor force participation, she fully integrates, and tracks over time, the many facets of social stratification by gender in Israeli society. Though founded as an egalitarian society, Kraus's research clearly shows that traditional attitudes toward women in the Israeli workplace have prevailed over those more progressive. Consequently, the widely held impression that the status of women in Israel differs from that of their counterparts in other liberal democratic societies, is shown to be more myth than reality.

Though focusing on Israel, comparisons are made with other modern industrial societies, adding to the evidence accumulating on the changing trends in the status of women in the labor force that will interest scholars and students concerned as to how gender intersects with matters of political economy. Furthermore, the unique spectrum of communities in Israel, ranging from traditional Muslim Arab-Palestinians, through Christian Arab-Palestinians and Jews of African American origin, through to the more modernized Jews of European-American origin, enables simultaneous examinations of the various stages of women's integration in the labor force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275974855
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2002
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

VERED KRAUS is Associate Professor at the University of Haifa, Israel, and co-edited Promises In the Promised Land: Mobility and Inequality in Israel (Greenwood Press, 1990) with Robert W. Hodge.

Table of Contents

Participation and Subordination of Women in the Labor Force

The Israeli Setting

Economic Activity of Jewish Women, 1955-1995

Married Women in Paid Employment, 1970-1995

Part-Time Employment among Married Women, 1970-1995

Trends in Occupational Sex Segregation, 1970-1995

Gender Gaps in Job Power: Authority and Autonomy, 1991

Trends in Gender Earnings Differences, 1972-1995

Israeli-Palestinian Women in the Labor Force, 1972-1995

Conclusions: Israeli Women in the Paid Labor Market


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