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Have women journalists in Israel really integrated into the profession?
Unformatted Document Text:  15 a more bisected and complicated attitiude 49 . This gendered difference can easily be explained: since women suffer more from inequality than men, they are more aware of it and recognize it more readily. Many of the women journalists attributed the inequality in the profession to discriminating attitudes against women by the males who are in decision-making positions. Although they pointed out progress in this respect, they thought women journalists were still perceived as being unsuitable for different jobs. They explained this through the preference of men in senior positions assigning other males to certain tasks due to their feeling more comfortable in the company of people like themselves. Senior women journalists participating in forums comprised largely of males, testify to the masculine atmosphere there. It is interesting to note that many women journalists, like most of their male colleagues, attributed the inequality in their profession to internal hurdles that women have set up themselves, such as a high sense of obligation to the family, lack of assertiveness and lack of ambition, especially financial. For example, Dafna, a senior columnist in a daily newspaper maintains: Even today I can get a promotion if I want to. A car for example, and all this stuff, it is more natural to give it to a man than to a woman. But I could get a car if I reached Gadi's position [her supervisor]. I was the one who set up the barriers for my promotion, for feminine reasons, it's a personality. Similarly, Nili, who previously was a senior editor at another daily recounts: I prevented my own advancement, because of the household, or because I don't have this crazy drive. I have the wish to succeed and to prove myself, but not from a point of view of power, to be the person in charge or to be the most important. It didn't create conflicts. They skipped over me because I didn't take part in the contest. Summary I would like to sum up by raising the following question: to what extent have women in the Israeli press gained occupational and economic equality? It appears to me that the answer to this question depends on the ideological point of view of the

Authors: Lachover, Einat.
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a more bisected and complicated attitiude
49
. This gendered difference can easily be
explained: since women suffer more from inequality than men, they are more aware
of it and recognize it more readily.
Many of the women journalists attributed the inequality in the profession to
discriminating attitudes against women by the males who are in decision-making
positions. Although they pointed out progress in this respect, they thought women
journalists were still perceived as being unsuitable for different jobs. They explained
this through the preference of men in senior positions assigning other males to certain
tasks due to their feeling more comfortable in the company of people like themselves.
Senior women journalists participating in forums comprised largely of males, testify
to the masculine atmosphere there.
It is interesting to note that many women journalists, like most of their male
colleagues, attributed the inequality in their profession to internal hurdles that women
have set up themselves, such as a high sense of obligation to the family, lack of
assertiveness and lack of ambition, especially financial. For example, Dafna, a senior
columnist in a daily newspaper maintains:
Even today I can get a promotion if I want to. A car for example, and all this stuff, it is more
natural to give it to a man than to a woman. But I could get a car if I reached Gadi's
position [her supervisor]. I was the one who set up the barriers for my promotion, for
feminine reasons, it's a personality.
Similarly, Nili, who previously was a senior editor at another daily recounts:
I prevented my own advancement, because of the household, or because I don't have this
crazy drive. I have the wish to succeed and to prove myself, but not from a point of view of
power, to be the person in charge or to be the most important. It didn't create conflicts.
They skipped over me because I didn't take part in the contest.
Summary
I would like to sum up by raising the following question: to what extent have
women in the Israeli press gained occupational and economic equality? It appears to
me that the answer to this question depends on the ideological point of view of the


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