This paper examines the ways Israeli law differentiates between single and
married women. The first section explores the little we know of single women and single
mothers’ realities. The second section analyses Israeli laws related to military service,
housing assistance, homemakers’ status in the social security system, ways of becoming
a mother, and public support for mothers. The legal analysis reveals complex distinctions
between single and married women ranging from ignoring single women when they have
no children and encouraging them to marry, to ambivalence towards single women who
want to conceive, and onto substantial public support for single women who are already
mothers. The article points to directions of change needed so the law will adequately
address single women’s choices and needs.
Law | Women
Date of this Version
Daphna Hacker, "SINGLE AND MARRIEDWOMEN IN THE LAW OF ISRAEL - A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE" (January 2001). Tel Aviv University Law Faculty Papers. Working Paper 150.