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Israeli Women Waiting Longer to Give Birth

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2023, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released data on women in Israel regarding birth rates, motherhood, health, education and more.

At the end of 2022, reported the CBS, approximately 4,859,600 women lived in Israel, of which 26.8% were aged 0-14, 59.5% were aged 15-64 and 13.7% were aged 65 or older.

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Muslim women, for the first time, were found to marry at an earlier age than girls of other religions (22.8 among Muslim women, 25.2 among Jews, 25.6 among Druze and 26.8 among Christians).

The average age of women at birth increased to 30.6 – about one year and seven months more than the age in 2000. The average age of women at first birth increased to 27.8 – about two years and one month more than the age in 2000.

About 180,900 women gave birth in 2021. The average number of children a woman in Israel is expected to have during her lifetime (total fertility rate) is 3.00 children, higher than the average in OECD countries – 1.59.

As of 2022, about 1.19 million women (35%) in Israel are mothers of children up to the age of 17, of which 90% live with a partner and the rest head single-parent families.

In 2021 the life expectancy of women in Israel was 84.6 years, compared to 80.5 years for men.

Israeli women are expected to live 79.1% of their life years without a health problem that interferes with their functioning, and men – 83.1% of their years.

51% of women aged 20 and over rated their health as very good, and 31% rated their health as good.

21.6% of active athletes in Israel are women. The sport with the highest proportion of women is figure skating (about 99%).

As for education, the rates of dropping out of school among girls is lower than the rates among boys. Among twelfth grade students, the rate of eligibility for a matriculation certificate among girls is higher than the rate among boys – 75.7% compared to 66.4% in 2021, respectively.

In the year 2021-2022 school year there were 351,500 male and female students in Israel of whom 208,400 were female (59.3%). For comparison’s sake in the school year 1999-2000 57.5% of the students were female.

The percentage of women among university students was 55.1%, in the Open University – 53.7%, in the academic colleges – 60.1% and in the academic colleges of education – 78.8%.

In the years 2014-2021, an average of 1,139 Israeli and foreign female PhD researchers participated in post-doctoral studies each year.

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