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The number of women in managerial jobs rose by 20.3 percent in 2010, the
Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce reported Sunday.
which was released ahead of Tuesday’s International Women’s Day, said 66,500
women, or 4.8% of all women in the labor force, had occupied managerial
positions in 2010. This was in contrast to the 136,000 men, or 8.8% of all men
in the labor force, who held managerial positions.
also rose in several other categories covered by the report. The number of women
defined as self-employed rose by 3.8% in 2010 compared with the previous year,
bringing the total to more than 99,000, or 28% of all self-employed
Particularly high growth was recorded in the number of
self-employed female lawyers and accountants.
Overall, there was a 3.5%
rise in the number of employed females, bringing the total to 1.38 million. The
percentage of females participating in the labor force rose to 53.1% in 2010
from 52.5% the previous year. However, the rate of male participation rose even
higher, reaching 63% in 2010, up from 61.3% in 2009.
president of the Stier Group, which organizes international trade fairs and
exhibitions, and a member of the FICC presidium, said the report had provided
reason for optimism about the status of female managers in the
“Israel has always lagged behind other countries in the world in
everything connected to the percentage of female managers, and these latest
statistics signify a bridging of the gap,” she said.
Stier said research
had shown that placing women in managerial positions improved company output,
because they are generally more thorough in their work than men and bring
emotional qualities that allow them to see outside the
“Unfortunately, in Israel and the entire world they don’t adopt this
attitude enough,” she said, “and most leading companies hold the traditional
view that a woman has less appropriate skills to hold a senior managerial