Feminist Professor Dafna Izraeli Dies, 65

Feminist and sociologist Prof. Dafna Izraeli died Friday morning from cancer at her home in Ramat Aviv at the age of 65. Izraeli moved from Canada to Israel in 1958. She completed a post-doctorate at the University of Califormia, Berkeley in 1975 and brought much of her feminist research back to Israel. Many of her works were seminal in forming the academic feminist studies in Israel, and Izraeli brought into her books contributions from the fields of labor, sociology, law, family and history. Izraeli concentrated on women in the workplace, in the family and in the army.

Izraeli was twice head of the Sociology Department at Bar-Ilan University (at the end of the 1980s and the end of the 1990s). She was instrumental in advancing not only the study of feminism, but also promoting the position of women in the university. She was a guest lecturer at Harvard, Berkeley, New York and others.

A year ago, Izraeli was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband, Prof. Dov Izraeli, a lecturer in marketing, died only three weeks ago. The couple are survived by three children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Prof. Dafna Izraeli will be buried today at Kiryat Shaul at 12:15 P.M.