Aradical move in Israel this week could see working mothers given potentially large tax breaks. Judge Magen Altuvia of Tel Aviv District Court ruled that women should be able to deduct their childcare expenses from their income tax, as they could be classed as business expenses. It is quite possible that the change will not have a major impact given that childcare costs frequently exceed women’s earnings. According to Ha’aretz newspaper, 60 per cent of Israel’s female workforce does not earn enough even to reach the tax threshold. Nevertheless — and although the gender wage disparity may diminish the impact of this important ruling — it is still a step in the right direction. This is a move ahead of its time. The rest of the world should take heed and follow Israel’s example.