Episode 30: Women in Israeli Politics: An Election Primer

On April 9, Israeli voters head to the polls. In this chaotic and potentially momentous election, the headlines are mostly focused on political maneuvering and corruption scandals in the top-ranks of the male-dominated political parties. But in this election, more Israeli women are running for Knesset than ever before, and they’re speaking out about women’s issues. Is anyone listening? In this special episode of Can We Talk, journalist Linda Gradstein brings us this report on where women candidates from a range of political parties stand in the upcoming Israeli elections. She speaks with feminist activist and writer Elana Sztokman and some of the candidates themselves.

Released April 2, 2019
  • Clockwise from upper right: Aida Touma-Suleiman of Hadash, Stav Shaffir of Labor, Tzipi Livni former Knesset member and Foreign Minister, Ayelet Shaked of the New Right party.

  • Vera Weitzmann, medical doctor, political activist, and wife of Israel’s first president Chaim Weitzmann, casts her ballot for the first Knesset, January 1949.

  • Linda Gradstein, Jerusalem-based journalist

  • Elana Sztokman is a writer, sociologist and feminist activist based in Israel.

  • Montage of Israeli Female Candidates 2019
  • Vera Weitzmann
  • Linda Gradstein
  • Elana Sztokman

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 30: Women in Israeli Politics: An Election Primer." (Viewed on July 22, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-30-women-in-israeli-politics-election-primer>.

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