This week, statistics offered further proof that women in Israel have "come a long way" especially when comparing their standing to men. One shining example: for every woman indicted in an Israeli court, 11 males face the same fate. This according to the Central Bureau of Statistics' latest data, published Wednesday, in time for International Women’s Day.
The data also showed that women in Israel had higher levels of education and were involved in less automobile accidents in comparison to men.
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According to the CBS, at the start of 2012 there were 2,888,300 females over the age of 15 living in the country. Of these, 15.8% were over the age of 65 and 7.8% over the age of 75. The population of men over the age of 15 was 2,741,400 and the number of men over 65 was significantly smaller (than the women).
Over the age of 65, the percentage of women living alone was three times that of men – 32% versus 11%.
Numbers also showed that the age of birth was going up, a result of the rising age of marriage. In 2011, the average age of women giving birth to their first child was 27.3, compared to 26.3, in 2003.
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A total of 47,855 women married in 2010, around 90% of them for the first time. The average age for first marriages was 24.8, compared to 23.4 in 1995 and 22.4 in 1980. The average age in first marriages of Jewish women was 25.7 and of Christian women was 25.2. This was higher than Muslim women who married at 21.6 on average, and of Druze who married at 23.
Alternatively, there was a rise in divorces as well. In 2010, 13,042 women divorced, compared to 10,689 in 2003. The average age of women who divorced in 2010 was 37.8. From among the Jewish couples married in Israel between 1968-1971, 7% divorced at the end of eight years. Of those who made it 30 years, 13% divorced after the same number of years.
Women more educated than men
How did education fare? Numbers showed that over the years, when looking at grades 8-12, double the number of males dropped out as opposed to females, as evidenced by data focusing on 2001. Between 2005 and 2011, the gap between male and female dropouts grew to 2.5 times.
Less female dropouts (Photo: Moshe Shai)
And while the number of dropouts both male and female has gone down, males reached 4.5% in 2011, as opposed to 1.7% for females.
Qualification for high school diplomas was higher among women than men: in 2011, 62% of female 12th graders qualified, as opposed to 51% of males. In addition, university acceptance was also higher among females at 51%, compared to 43% of males.
During the 2012 school year, there were 303,600 Israeli students. Of these, 172,100 were women, at 56.7%. This compares to the years 1969-1970, in which most of the students were male and the percentage of women that year stood at 43.3%.
Women led the way in advanced degrees: from among 55,900 candidates for master’s degrees in 2012, 33,200 were women (59.3%), and in doctoral programs, the percentage of women reached 52.4%.
When it comes to driving, according to CBS numbers, women were more careful than their male counterparts.
In 2011, women represented approximately 25% of drivers involved in car accidents with injuries and 10% of the drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This was a decrease in comparison to 2010, in which women were involved in 13% of all fatal accidents.
In 2011 as well, women were 25% of those killed in fatal accidents – a small number in comparison to their percentage in society.
The percentage of women holding a driver’s license was 42%.
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