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The perception of women's status in Israel as a social problem

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This study examines the perception of the status of women in Israel as a social problem, its cognitive structure and its correlates. The 994 respondents included a sample of university students, nurses, and female army officers. In general, the results suggest that feminist issues are perceived as less severe than most other social problems and that men perceive feminist issues as significantly less severe than do women. Factor analyses indicate that men and women think about social problems differently and that women have a broader more integrated conception of sex inequality. Sex, religiosity, education, and occupational context were all found to be significant predictors of perceptions of women's issues as social problems.

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We wish to express appreciation to our colleagues Dov Eden and Michael Katz for their helpful comments, and to the Institute for Social and Labor Research founded by the Histadrut General Federation of Labor and Tel Aviv University for its Support. Authors' names appear in alphabetical order.

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Izraeli, D.N., Tabory, E. The perception of women's status in Israel as a social problem. Sex Roles 14, 663–678 (1986).

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