Illana Shoshan is an Israeli-American activist. She is co-founder of the Women’s Empowerment Foundation, based in California, dedicated to advancing women’s rights as human rights worldwide, specifically in Israel and the United States. Crowned Miss Israel in 1980, Illana was elected Miss Israel of All Time in 2010 for her advocacy of economic empowerment for women as a key to their liberation and for her grassroots efforts to insure women run for political office. She supports EEW – Economic Empowerment for Women in Israel and Ben Shemen Youth Village (her alma mater), as well as numerous other causes.
An in demand speaker and panel participant, especially on university campuses and women’s advocacy organizations, Illana lectures on redefining feminism and the image of women in the media. In October 2010, Illana was a featured speaker at TEDxHolyland. In March of 2012, in honor of International Women’s Day, Illana was selected one of the 10 most influential Jewish women.
Previously, as a film producer Illana brought to the screen the powerful feature “Imaginary Heroes. Illana has Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and Sociology and a Master of Law from Bar Ilan University.