Where does Israel stand in the battle for gender equality? Since its early pioneering days when there was little differentiation between the roles of men and women in the Jewish State, many have come to think of Israel as a model of women’s liberation. Yet, there is much evidence in Israeli society that the cause of gender equality is still an issue that needs to be championed. One of many examples of the objectification of women is Israel’s annual beauty pageant which has drawn many protests over the years. What should our attitude be toward such a competition? Is it antithetical to Jewish values? In this resource learners will debate the question of whether or not such an event should still exist. In addition, students will brainstorm issues that they wish to protest and design their own protest posters that articulate their positions.
The learner will:
understand when it is appropriate to challenge the beliefs or values of society
know the arguments made against beauty pageants but the Israeli feminist movement
be able to design their own protest poster against a cause that is important to them
understand the issues over which Israeli women are protesting
know the arguments for and against beauty pageants in general and in Israel specifically
be able to design their own protest poster about an issue that is important to them
About the National Library and its educational materials:
The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.
The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.
When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:
A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the primary sources featured in the resource.
The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.
Student handouts, computer, projector, supplies for poster design