I also think it’s curious why men are not usually shamed when they talk about themselves.(I’ve seen this happen hundreds of times, and people just think they’re confident, not cocky!
Mechanisms that encourage women into the public sphere seem more effective in Israel than in the U.
S., and I truly think this is what fosters so many female leaders in Israel.
If you met any of these women, wouldn’t you expect them to be proud of themselves?
I certainly am, and I think it wouldn’t make them a brag to admit it.
It’s important for girls to be strong and hold their heads up high.
Why then, when American women grow up, do people take confidence for immodesty?
I thanked him, remembering my grandma who taught me that “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” In response, he pulled a Mean Girls-style reply: “So you agree? ” I replied, now slightly taken aback, “Well, yeah, I’m proud of myself, and I don't think there’s anything wrong with owning it! And over Shabbat, I stayed with a woman who has her own consulting firm, is a published writer, and works for a non-profit that is actively helping thousands of Bnei Menashe (northeastern Indians who claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel) to return to their homeland.
And she somehow has the time to raise six amazing children, four of whom I met.
But in Israel, women are seen as just as important to the workforce and to keeping Israel safe as men.