Dr. Noam Zadoff welcomed the guests and lead through the evening. In her talk, which was supported by the Research Platform Center Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Innsbruck (CGI) at the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Grimmeisen first talked about the historical developments of the role of women in Israeli society.
She stated that the Zionist movements at the beginning of the 20th century aimed to build a society based on equality between the sexes. With the founding of the state, a number of revolutionary laws were put in place to strengthen the status of women in society. These included compulsory military service for women. Dr. Grimmeisen pointed out that Israeli society today, is still a very family-oriented society and that motherhood had always remained one of the main tasks of women.
“For a long time, a traditional division of roles also determined their duties in the Israeli army. Gender equality in Israel today is complex, like the country itself”, so Dr. Grimmeisen. The lecture was an introduction to Israel and its society from the perspective of the achievements and challenges of Israeli women – a very exciting, but often unmentioned, side.