According to Israel Election Results, a Woman's Place Is in the Knesset

Israel went to the polls on Tuesday and elected more women to the Knesset than ever before in Israeli history.

Tali Heruti-Sover.
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The 19th Knesset will include 27 women, marking the highest percentage of females ever to be elected to Israel's parliament.

While females have never had equal representation in terms of population, Tuesday's election is a strong step in the right direction. Compared to the 18th Knesset, in which 17.5% of all members were women (21 female MKs in total), the 19th Knesset is 21.6% female.

Exactly half of the female faces are fresh one. Meretz can boast that half of its six Knesset members are from the fairer sex: party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On and two new members, Tamar Zandberg and Michal Rozin.

Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid enters the Knesset with 19 members, 8 of them women (42%), all of which are new faces: former Herzliya mayor Yael German, Aliza Lavie, Adi Cole, Carine Elharar, Ruth Kalderon, Pnina Tamno-Shta, Rina Frenkl and Yifat Karib.

Labor will present four women among its 15 MKs: party chairwomen Shelly Yacimovich, plus Stav Shafir, Merav Michael and Michal Biran.

Likud-Beiteinu will have seven women among its 31 MKs, all of whom have already served in the Knesset, some even as ministers or deputy ministers. Three of these women come from Yisrael Beiteinu: Sofa Landver, Faina Kirshenbaum and Orly Levi-Abekasis. The other four are more well-known: Limor Livnat, Miri Regev, Tzipi Hotovely and Gila Gamliel.

Habayit Hayehudi, which boasted many women on its ticket during the campaign, will head into the Knesset with only three women in its ranks, Ayelet Shaked, Orit Strock and Shuli Moalem out of a total 12 MKs.

Hanin Zuabi, who was eventually cleared to run for the Knesset by the High Court of Justice, is the only female MK of the Arab Party Balad. And Tzipi Livni may be the chair of Hatnuah, but she is also the only female MK from that group.

In the last Knesset, women MKs proved – together with Hadash's Dov Khenin – that they promote woman's rights' legislation. One can probably expect more of the same in the 19th Knesset.

An archive photo showing Shelly Yacimovich and Tzipi Livni.Credit: Nir Kafri
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