Economic growth and female labour: the case of Israel

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This article aims to demonstrate the relation between the participation and location of women in the Israeli labour force and economic‐structural processes central to the development of the Israeli economy. It begins with a discussion of the main features of the economic growth of Israeli society, indicating the implications of these features for female labour. The overall pattern of female participation in the labour force is then discussed, noting the main shifts in this pattern and their significance, followed by a more detailed presentation of the position of women in a number of economic branches–the textile and clothing industries, education and welfare services, finance and trade. The sexual division of labour is further examined according to the difference between Ashkenazi and Oriental women of first and second generations. Finally, a concluding discussion assesses the significance of women to the economy and the implications of their position within the economy to their future prospects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-292
Number of pages30
JournalSociological Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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