Einat Lachover: The First Lady of Isreali Journalism Hanna Semer (1924-2003) Quest and discovery: The story of an exceptional woman

Introduction: This biographical essay tells the life story of Hannah Semer for the first time and from a feminist perspective. Semer is the first lady of Israeli journalism, a woman who managed to reach the top of Israel’s journalistic elite andwhose accomplishments are remarkable in the global context as well. According to Shlomit Reinharz, feminist biography is a form of protest against the discrimination manifest in the forgotten role of women in our common culture. In writing Semer’s biography, I do not claim that Semer herself was discriminated against. To the contrary. Semer is a rare example of a woman whose voice was not silenced and whose persona was not excluded. Unlike most women of her generation, she was a major player in the Israeli public discourse, upon which she left her mark. She wrote, edited and lectured in debates and forums at the heart of Israel’s public discourse, particularly on political, s ocial and economic issues, traditionally thought of as exclusively male territory. Her unusual story exposes the inequality for women at that time and can serve as a source of inspiration and a model for female journalists and other professionals…

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