Our War Studies PhD Student Devorah Margolin has recently written about women’s role in terrorism! Let us know what you think about it, it is definitely something we do not talk much of.
This article analyzes a novel comprehensive database of attacks by Palestinian women between 1965 and 1995. During this period, women’s participation in terrorism evolved and their participation can be divided into two distinct eras, before and after 1986. The article argues that the entrance of religious terrorist organizations into politics and the First Intifada changed Palestinian terrorism. While more attacks by women occurred after 1986, they were mostly low intensity attacks, aimed at military targets, with low success rates. Despite women’s participation, the patriarchal structure of society is also reflected in Palestinian terrorist organizations. However, as women’s roles in society expanded, so too did their roles within terrorist organizations.