Golda Meir


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Golda Meir (May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik and politician who became the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.

Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. Israel's first and the world's third woman to hold such an office, she was described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli ... more »

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  • ''...I'm a slave to this leaf in a diary that lists what I must do, what I must say, every half hour.''
    Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli Prime Minister; born in Russia. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 103 (April 1973).
  • ''... from Russia I didn't bring out a single happy memory, only sad, tragic ones. The nightmare of pogroms, the brutality of Cossacks charging young Socialists, fear, shrieks of terror ...''
    Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli prime minister; born in Russia. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 76 (April 1973).
  • ''You mean those nuts that burn their bras and walk around all disheveled and hate men? They're crazy. Crazy.''
    Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli Prime Minister; born in Russia. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 100 (April 1973).
  • ''I thought that a Jewish state would be free of the evils afflicting other societies: theft, murder, prostitution.... But now we have them all. And that's a thing that cuts to the heart ...''
    Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli Prime Minister; born in Russia. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 75 (April 1973).
  • ''...I want to see a film, they send the Israeli army reserves to escort me! What kind of life is this?''
    Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli prime minister; born in Russia. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 103 (April 1973).
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