Title

Raising the Status of Women Through Law: The Case of Israel

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1977

ISSN

0097-9740

Publisher

University of Chicago Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

The Israeli experience in using law to improve the equality of women can teach us an important lesson: legal devices to further the status of women can well turn into traps. The extra protection of women in 1951 created vested interests. The groups who enjoy them oppose change. Thus, the tactical step has proven a barrier for the long-term strategy. It not only helps internalize and legitimize sex roles, but also makes change materially painful. Indeed, this development again demonstrates the immense difficulties to be encountered on the road to equality.

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