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Today in History: WIZO

Today in 1920, the woman’s international Zionist organization was established.

With its establishment in the late 19th century, the Zionist movement suffered from the lack of representation of Zionist women. Most of the senior members, activists and activists were men; at the first Zionist Congress in 1897, 20 women participated alongside about 200 men, but all came as companions of another representative. At the beginning of the 20th century, the suffragette movement (for equal civil rights for women) increased in the West, and this affected the women of Zionism. In 1920, Vera Weizmann (wife of Haim) convened a conference of Zionist women in England, and the WIZO organization was established to provide assistance (appropriate training, education, health services) to the women of the Israeli community. The movement grew and became very dominant, and had a great influence on the decision to grant women the right to vote immediately upon the establishment of the national representative institutions; WIZO also became politicaly active and obtained representation in these institutions, and had representation in the first Knesset of Israel (MK Rachel Cohen-Kagan – the only woman who signed the Declaration of Independence apart from Golda). Even today, the WIZO movement is active in Israel and around the world (mainly in the legal field for women), with more than a quarter of a million companies.

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