Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Changing Women, Changing Society

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Changing Women, Changing Society

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Dahlia Moore

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History
ISBN: 9781934843840 (hardcover) / 9781618113023 (paper)
Pages: 312 pp.
Publication Date: October 2011

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In Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, Dahlia Moore explores the social and cultural forces at play in Israeli society and their effects on the changing status of women. While delving into some of Israel’s unique and influential forces, such as the army, religious sects, and recent immigration, Moore also broadens her perspective, juxtaposing the status of Israeli women with that of women in other Western societies.

Dahlia Moore (PhD Tel Aviv University) is a professor and the Head of the Graduate Program, Department of Behavioral Sciences at the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel. Her recent publications include A Bridge Over Troubled Water: Political, Economic and Social Attitudes (with Salem Aweiss. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007) and "Job Concessions, Role Conflict and Work Satisfaction in Gender-typical and -atypical Occupation: The Case of Israel" which appeared in Gender Issues in March 2009.

Delving into the historical realities of one specific society, Israel, Dahlia Moore enlarges our understanding of the interplay of ideologies and reality. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back presents an engaging and in-depth analysis of the forces that have sometimes fostered and more often impeded equality between the sexes in Israel. The book will provide fascinating reading to anyone who wishes to study the status of women – in Israel or around the world.
— Faye J. Crosby, Co-editor of Sex Discrimination in Employment

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Structuration Theory and Gender Identity
Chapter 2: Historical Perspective: The Conditions that Shaped Women’s Inferiority
Chapter 3: Maintaining Women’s Inferiority
Chapter 4: Feminism Changes the World
Chapter 5: Changes in Israeli Society since the 1980s
Chapter 6: Consequences for Women
Chapter 7: Where to? Conclusions and Extrapolations