Yet in the six weeks that I’ve been in Israel, I have been inspired by Israel’s special brand of feminism. Caption: The recent Women Innovation Technology Conference in Israel, which was organized by a group of 25 Stand With Us Israeli student fellows. ” And she laughed at me as if I was kidding, until she realized I was completely serious.
I think that for women, it’s a catch-22, because when we are modest without being confident (out of fear of being judged as immodest) we often seem weak or our strengths aren't translated and shared in the public sphere.
It has something to do with maintaining patriarchy.
I believe that in America, women are dismissed either as cocky or as weak, making it difficult to excel in the workforce.
But in Israel, women are seen as just as important to the workforce and to keeping Israel safe as men.
Because confidence is necessary for a leader, and women are encouraged to be leaders, Israeli women are taught to be confident.