Re/visioning the women's movement in Israel

Hanna Herzog*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Current literature on the women's movement argues that in recent decades, a schism based on the politics of identity has divided women and led to the weakening of the movement. This process, intersecting with the escalation of neoliberal trends and the 'NGOization' of civil society, has resulted in the depoliticization of the women's movement and the waning of its influence as a political force. The present paper seeks to examine whether this argument is consistent with the situation in the Israeli women's movement of the early twenty-first century. Based on the history of the women's movement in Israel, the paper posits a twofold argument: (a) the women's movement in Israel has not disappeared but has been restructured as a result of its NGOization; (b) despite criticism of the movement in the literature and on the part of activists as the result of its NGOization, the movement's political messages have remained intact and even expanded to embrace questions of social justice, including novel thinking on matters of peace and security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-282
Number of pages18
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Israel
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Women's movement history
  • Women's movement, NGOization
  • Women's politics


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