The results are in and a record was broken! After this year’s Israeli elections, 14 women now sit in the Knesset, five more women than in the previous parliament and two more than at the State’s founding.
Some stats: The average female Knesset member speaks three languages, is 52 years old, and has two children (plus professions and public service careers). A re-elected female Knesset member has chaired 1.8 committees and subcommittees and has served on 4.78 other committees (all of them have either chaired or served on the Committee on the Advancement of the Status of Women at some point).
For more information, visit the Israel Women’s Network at www.iwn.org.
The female Knesset members are:
Likud, 56, Member of Knesset (MK) since 1992, founder of the Beer Sheva Theatre.
Meretz, 53, MK since 1992, former head of the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.
One Israel, 60, MK since 1992, has written five novels (and is the daughter of Moshe Dayan).
Meretz, 43, first Knesset term, director of International Center for Peace in the Middle East.
Hadash, 59, MK since 1990, member of Israeli Communist Party Bureau.
One Israel, 47, MK since 1992, former deputy mayor of Jerusalem.
Meretz, 41, first Knesset term, first Arab woman to be elected to the parliament; organized leadership conference called “Women, Identities, and Peace,” which hosted 150 Arab and Jewish women from all over the Middle East.
One Israel, 50, MK since 1996, chair of the National Association of Russian Immigrants.
Likud, 49, MK since 1992, former Minister of Communications.
Likud, 49, first Knesset term, former director of the Registrar of Government Corporations.
Meretz, 54, MK since 1992, author of Women—the Rising Power.
Shinui, 55, first Knesset term, two-time deputy mayor of Haifa.
Center Party, 49, first Knesset term, the daughter of the late prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, she has found a place for herself outside his Labor Party. Knesset agenda: education and the status of women.
Yisrael Be-Aliyah, 47, MK since 1996, a Russian immgirant who has authored several books on Soviet Jewry in Israel.