The "hiloni" are the secular Jewish population, who make up approximately 75 percent of Israel's Jewish population, while the "dati," Orthodox Jews, comprise the other 25 percent.

Mechanisms that encourage women into the public sphere seem more effective in Israel than in the U.

S., and I truly think this is what fosters so many female leaders in Israel.

Yet in the six weeks that I’ve been in Israel, I have been inspired by Israel’s special brand of feminism. Caption: The recent Women Innovation Technology Conference in Israel, which was organized by a group of 25 Stand With Us Israeli student fellows. ” And she laughed at me as if I was kidding, until she realized I was completely serious.

“Feminism” is often thought of as a “dirty word,” as it is largely portrayed by mainstream culture as an extreme ideology associated with angry, militant women, bra burning, and man hating. Credit: Courtesy Eliana Rudee." data-lightbox-theme="" This happened again just last week, when another American (this time a female) told me, “I heard you’re good at ping pong! These moments stand in stark contrast to the week I’ve had in Israel.

1 million Arabs who live in the West Bank and Gaza.

Each community practices widely divergent dating customs.

But in Israel, women are seen as just as important to the workforce and to keeping Israel safe as men.

Because confidence is necessary for a leader, and women are encouraged to be leaders, Israeli women are taught to be confident.

It’s important for girls to be strong and hold their heads up high.