The Burden of Representing Israel Abroad While Female

Four Israeli women from very different backgrounds tell of their challenges serving as economic attaches around the world

Tali Heruti-Sover.
Tali Heruti-Sover
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Tali Heruti-Sover.
Tali Heruti-Sover

One is Druze, another arrived from Ethiopia as a child, a third is an Orthodox Jew. They represent, as Sarah Ann Madi said, “the Israeli human mosaic” and they are about to be posted abroad as economic attaches for Israel or are in the middle of a stint.

They also happen to all be women. That adds an additional dimension to a job where some of their host countries find the idea of a working woman strange. In almost every place, they feel they have to strike a balance between being perceived as assertive or aggressive.

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