Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is considered the most influential woman in Israel today, according to a survey published Wednesday by the Ideological-Educational Center, part of the Berl Katznelson Foundation, ahead of its Thursday symposium entitled "A Woman's Era - the Rights and Opportunities of Women."
Thirty-nine percent of those questioned for the survey, which was carried out by the Market Watch Institute last month, said that Livni was the woman with the most influence in Israel. In second and third places respectively came multi-millionaire Shari Arison with 18% and investigative journalist Ilana Dayan with 15%.
The study also found that more than half of the population (68%) felt the country was ready to have a woman at the helm of government again.
In addition, 77% of those questioned feel affirmative action is the only way to ensure equality between the sexes.
"Despite the fact that most of the Israeli public believes we can entrust a woman to lead the country, the political institution is far from ready to accept that," commented Ideological-Educational Center director Igal Zahor. "There is no choice but to institute a national policy of affirmative action in order to achieve a more satisfactory balance of power."