Rachel Adato was the first female gynecologist in Jerusalem, where she practiced medicine for 12 years. She is also a lawyer and politician who served as chair of the Welfare and Health Committee in the Israeli Parliament.
When Adato visits Washington and Lee this week, she will speak on "Israeli Healthcare and Social Issues," including positive female body image, benefits for disabled veterans, healthcare for the aging and more.
Adato's colloquium is cosponsored by Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Hillel. Her lecture is sponsored by W&L Hillel, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Shepherd Poverty Program and Hillel International. W&L Hillel's Student Board and Megan McLean, director of Hillel, shared these five reasons to catch Adato's appearance:
- If you want to learn more about Israel than just what the news reports about the conflict.
- As a member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), Dr. Adato held a high position in a government that is often under scrutiny for actions that some find controversial.
- You'll hear a unique perspective on feminism and body image from the other side of the world.
- This is an incredible opportunity to meet a pioneering woman in the fields of medicine, law, and government and to hear her story firsthand!
- You may never have another chance to ask a former MK (Member of Knesset) about the legislative process in Israel and the laws they helped create.
In addition to her public lecture at 5:30 on Thursday, Dr. Adato will speak at a luncheon colloquium at 12:20 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room. Colloquium seats are limited. RSVP to Kerri Ritter at email@example.com.
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