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DAFNAIZRAELI
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DafnawasProfessorofSociologyandformerChairofthe
DepartmentofSociologyandAnthropologyatBarIlan
University,TelAviv.Atthetimeofherdeath,shewas
ChairoftheGraduatePrograminGenderStudies
andHeadoftheRachelandJ.L.GewurzCenterfor
ResearchonGenderatBarIlanUniversity,whichshe
endowedinthenameofherparents.TheBarIlan
Program,whichsheorganized,istheonlyM.A./Ph.D.
GenderandWomen'sStudiesprograminIsrael.

DafnawasborninFranceonSeptember9,1937,and
grewupinMontreal,Canada,whereshecompletedher
B.A.inpoliticalscienceandphilosophyandherM.S.W.
insocialwork,bothatMcGillUniversity.Shecontinued
hergraduatestudiesinpoliticalscienceandHebrew
historyattheHebrewUniversityinJerusalemandthenin
sociologyandanthropologyatManchesterUniversityin
England,whereshereceivedherPh.D.degreein
1972.ShespentapostdoctoralyearattheUniversityof
California,Berkeley,andwasavisitingprofessoratNew
YorkUniversity,NortheasternUniversity,Harvard
University,andU.C.Berkeley.

Dafnapublishedsixbooks(withcolleagues)--
Dual-EarnerFamilies:InternationalPerspectives(Sage,
1992);WomeninIsrael(Transaction,1993);Competitive
Frontiers:WomenManagersinaGlobalEconomy,
(Blackwell,1994)andSexGenderPolitics:Womenin
Israel(KibbutzHameuchad,1999,inHebrew).Shewas
theauthorofnumerousarticlesinprofessionaljournals
andencyclopediasonissuesrelatedtogenderin
unions,work,family,socialpolicy,andtheIsraelimilitary.
HerpaperonIsrael'sfirstaffirmativeactionlawwillbe
publishedinWomen'sStudiesInternationalForum.

Dafnawasalong-timememberoftheAmerican
SociologicalAssociation,SocietyfortheStudyofSocial
Probems,SocietyforthePsychologicalStudyofSocial
Problems,AcademyofManagement,andSociologistsfor
WomeninSociety.ShewasontheExecutiveBoardof
theResearchCommitteeonWomeninSocietyofthe
InternationalSociologicalAssociationandwasan
InternationalAdvisoryEditorofGender&Society.She
wasaco-organizerofthefirstinternational
interdisciplinarycongressonwomeninHaifain1981.
ThehistoryofWomen'sWorlds,nowinits22ndyear,
appearedintheWinter2002issueofSWSNetwork
News.

InIsrael,DafnawasontheExecutiveCommitteeofthe
IsraelSociologicalAssociationandwasfounderandchair
oftheSectionforResearchandTrainingofSexRoles.
ShewasamemberoftheIsraelIndustrialRelations
AssociationandontheAcademicCouncilofEmek
YezraelCollege.



Dafnaworkedtirelesslyforpeace,democracy,and
women'srightsinIsrael.Shewasafoundingmemberof
theIsraeliWomen'sNetwork,anactivistorganizationthat
hasbeenfightingforwomen'sequalityinIsraelforthe
past20years.AsaVice-PresidentoftheNewIsrael
Fund,aprogressiveU.S.-Israeliorganizationworkingfor
peaceanddemocracyinIsrael,andthroughmany
projectsandpersonalcontacts,Dafnawaspersonallyand
professionallyinvolvedinbringingPalestinianandJewish
womentogetherandineffortstobringaboutajustpeace
inIsrael.

Inthelast20years,shewasadvisortomanygovernment
committeesonthestatusofwomeninIsrael.Atthetime
ofherdeath,shewasconsultanttothesub-committeeon
theAdvancementofWomenandWorkandonthe
EconomyintheKnessetStandingCommitteeon
theStatusofWomen.Shewasalsoafounderandboard
memberofLegalEquityActionforWomeninthe
Workplace.

DafnamarriedDovIzraeliin1960andemigratedto
Israel.DovwasprofessorofmanagementstudiesatTel
AvivUniversity,wherehespecializedinconflict
resolution.Hediedofalong-termillnessonJanuary31,
2003.DafnaandDovleavethreechildren,Liora,
Sharona,andChaim,18grandchildren,and2great
grandchildren.

Theygavetheirfriendsandcolleaguesalegacyof
warmthandgenerosity,politicalactivism,andengaged
scholarship.
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