Changing the Division of Household Work in Conservative and Minority Context: The Case of Arab-Druze Women in Israel

Ebtesam Barakat

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Abstract

This article seeks to understand how Druze women’s employment in nontraditional fields (such as engineering, medicine, and law) shapes gender role division in their nuclear family. Data from 24 interviews with educated Druze women employed in high-quality professions suggests that Druze women who work in these fields succeed in bringing about a change in perceptions and practices regarding gender role division in their households. The interviews revealed three gender patterns: (a) ten women in the current study indicated egalitarian gender role division; (b) six women indicted reversal of gender roles in their home, and (c) eight women described a traditional role division, which required them to sacrifice their career in favor of the family. The choice of Druze women to study nontraditional professions is increasingly recognized and valued in Druze society and its clergy, driving a paradigm shift concerning women’s employment and gender role division in the private sphere.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology
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StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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Keywords

  • division of roles
  • Druze
  • employment
  • family
  • Professional
  • Women

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