Struggling to Pursue an Education: The Case of Druze Women in Conservative Israeli Societies
Presenting the narratives of Druze women, the current paper attempts to challenge the wide-ranging feminist claim about Middle-Eastern mothers who reproduce the patriarchal structure through regimentation of their daughters. The women’s narratives reveal the obstacles with which they are faced in graduating high school and pursuing an academic education. The stories of these women suggest that some lacked support due to the silence of their mothers in the face of patriarchal use of force. This was often the result of the mothers' own lack of power. Other narratives show support and encouragement by mothers of their daughters' pursuit of higher education, despite the hefty price they pay in the form of a religious ban. The discussion underlines the ways in which the women cope with, or struggle against, the strictures set by a patriarchal system. The effectiveness of their actions depends on the number of intersectional axes of power striving to preserve and reproduce the existing structure, as well as on the mothers' support of their daughters.