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"TipusNashi"(achievingwomen)-IsraeliCareer
WomenTalkAboutTheirPathtoSuccess-byDr.
MiraJenik
Thisbookistheproductofnearly3yearsofresearchaboutIsraelicareerwomen.
Thewriterwassearchingfordeeperknowledgeabouttheplightoftheambitious
Israeliwoman,herbackground,hervaluesandobstacles,andthewaysshechooses
todealwithherneeds:tobalanceworkandfamilyissues,andfindcontentmentand
self-fulfillment.
"TipusNashi"(TheEnglishtitleis"AchievingWomen")depictstheexperiencesof
Israeliwomeninexecutivepositions,inbusinessandinpolitics,andraisesthemain
issuesfacinganambitiouscareerwomaninIsrael.Italsooffersadviceforother
Israeliwomenfromthosewhowereinterviewedforthebook.
SomeofthefindingsdistinguishtheIsraelicareerwomanfromhercounterpartinthe
West:Israeliwomenwhoareambitiousprofessthattheyputtheirfamilyaheadof
theircareer.Theystruggleto"haveitall":marry,haveafamily,raisechildren,and
investintheircareerpath.Theydealwiththe"secondshift"byrelyingheavilyon
otherwomen(theirmothers,sisters)andhiredhelptotakeoverthehousehold
duties.Althoughtheirhusbandsareverysupportiveanddisplayaprofoundrespect
forthewives'ambitions,theydonot(forthemostpart)takeoverfamily
responsibilities.
SuccessfulIsraeliwomenstillsufferfrommanyorganizationalobstacles:Theyare
under-utilized,under-representedinexecutivepositions,andearnabout30%less
thanmenforcomparablejobs.Mosthaveexperiencedthehardshipsofbeingthe
"tokenwoman"inaman'sworld.Theyhavetobalancetheirneedforpowerand
positionwith"feminine"behavior-orelsetheyarechastisedforbeing"bitchy".The
struggletobreaktheGlassCeilingputstheIsraelicareerwomaninaverylonely
position-havingalmostnomentors(seeingthatmenshyawayfrommentoring
women).Andtheyalsohavethe"secondShift"-alltheextraloadofmanagingthe
familyandtakingcareofthechildren.
Thesewomen-someofwhomarewell-knowninthebusiness,professionalor
politicalarena-tell-allinthebook.
Thehopeliesinthefuture:Theyoungdaughtersofcareerwomenarebornintoa
differentworld,withmorefemalerole-models,andadifferentperspectivealtogether.
Hopefully,theirworldwillofferthemmoreopportunitiestorealizetheirfullpotential.