Israel has an inspiring and diverse history. From the early days of the country to the present, women have played a major role in shaping Israel. The earliest mention of a woman in Israel dates back to 1510 BC when Abraham's wife Sarah became the first woman of Israel to appear in the Bible.
However, it was not until 1948 that Israel's Declaration of Independence granted women full voting rights. Since then, numerous Israeli women have become inspiring leaders and role models.
Dr. Ada Yonath
Professor Ada Yonath has the honor of becoming the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize in Biochemistry. She was awarded for her groundbreaking research on the ribosome structure. Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Dr. Yonath earned a Doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science.
She is one of the pioneers of modern biochemistry, having made major contributions to the field since the early 1970s. In addition to the Nobel Prize in 2009, Dr. Yonath has received numerous scientific honors, including the Paul Karrer Gold Medal (2004), the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize (2007), and the Marie Curie Medal by the Polish Chemical Society (2011).
Dr. Yonath's achievements have helped her become a great inspiration for students of higher education, and she has inspired many to develop a strong passion for science.
Orna Berry is a pioneer in the world of entrepreneurship. She founded a company in Israel called Ornet. It was the first startup in Israel acquired by a European organization.
Orna Berry is also privileged to be the first and only woman (until now) to serve as Israel's chief scientist. She is a well-renowned business figure in Israel, directly involved with several tech organizations in Israel.
She has dedicated her life to educating and understanding the needs of entrepreneurs and how to create organizations that can address these needs. She is also a social activist working to promote education in the region and is a strong advocate for women's empowerment.
If you are into movies or social media, chances are you know Gal Gadot. She is debatably the most famous actress from Israel and is known globally. However, she is more than just an actress. She is also known to be a model, producer, and martial artist.
Gadot was born in 1985 and became a model at the age of 18. She received the crown of Miss Israel in 2004. She then moved to serve two years as a combat fitness instructor in the IDF and later began to study IDC Herzliya. With her dedication and hard work, she could simultaneously complete her studies and build a modeling and acting career.
Among the most prominent roles by Gal Gadot are Gisele Yashar in ‘Fast and Furious’. She is also known for her role as Wonder Woman.
Gadot has been called the "biggest Israeli Superstar" by various media outlets. Time Magazine even classified her as one of the top 100 most influential people in 2018.
Israeli women have made a name for themselves in all essential industries. From reaching new heights in science to inspiring in entrepreneurship and earning titles in the entertainment industry, Israeli women have proven their worth time and time again.