Empowering Ultra-Orthodox Women in the Israeli Workforce

The ultra-Orthodox (Haredim) constitute about 13% of Israel’s population and exhibit the fastest demographic growth of any group in the country. Only half of ultra-Orthodox men are employed (the rest study Torah), while about 80% of ultra-Orthodox women are part of the workforce.

However, despite their high participation rate, the personal and national potential of Haredi women’s employment is very far from being optimally realized.
This project investigates and maps Haredi women’s motivation and ambition for higher-quality employment, the barriers they face in the labor market, and the tools that could be imparted to them in the framework of governmental policy.

For this purpose:

A study has been launched to measure the commitment and motivation of Haredi women in the workforce and the barriers they face.


A research monograph will be drafted, and a plan will be drawn up to serve all those involved in the effort to promote Haredi women’s integration into leadership and executive positions.

The leaders of the project: Dr. Rivka Ravitz, a senior researcher at JPPI and the former Chief of Staff of President Reuven Rivlin, and Prof. Rachel Gali Cinamon, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University and a leading Israeli expert in the field of women’s employment.