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Israeli women: Lean in, or can’t have it all?

By Eliana Rudee, Originally published in the Jewish Journal

Rashi Elmaliah, a chief thinker at Seital Marketing, said she was “closing deals in between contractions” when she was giving birth.

Devora Mason, a manager of Voiceitt and single mom of five children, brought one of her boys to her panel lecture, maintaining, “if you ask me whether or not I can have it all before or after 8 p.m., the answer would be very different.”

Aliza Levitt-Gillman, a cognitive behavioral therapist, had her husband take parental leave and changed home conversations from, “How will I deal with this?” to “How will we deal with this?”

Leemor Machnai, owner of Machnai Weiss & Parenters Ltd., had to sit at a management table five times until the men around it listened to her.

These are just some of the things that women do in order to “lean in” to positions of power while many attempt to “have it all” with family life as well.

Ima Kadima, Women in Wireless, and Digital Eve Israel jointly hosted a Jerusalem event on Feb. 24, discussing two books leading the conversation about women in the workplace: “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg, who argues that women need to push themselves more into the workplace to be heard and considered; and “Unfinished Business,” by Anne Marie Slaughter, who urges us to reconsider whether women really can have it all.

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