Sexes: The Women of Israel

Second-class citizens in a nation at war

Betty Friedan seemed to be in shock.

On a visit to Israel, the American feminist stopped by for a chat with Yael Dayan, the novelist and daughter of Moshe Dayan. Surrounded by her children, Dayan talked apologetically of her commitment to the ideals of femininity and motherhood. Says she: "I presented a model of the slaving wife resigned to her fate."

It was hardly what Friedan expected.

Though Americans tend to think of Israeli women as strongly independent souls with a grenade in one hand and a wrench in the other, reality is more prosaic. After 30 years...

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