Golda Meir: Iron Lady of the Middle East

Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister (though hopefully not the last) – the original Iron Lady and a figure whose legacy continues to divide Israelis.

A feminist, a go getter, the creator of Israel’s welfare state and a fierce advocate for the newly independent African states of the 1960s. In many ways, she was Golden.

Golda Meir has a complicated legacy. Her many successes were overshadowed by her actions in the Yom Kippur War. Revered by some, reviled by others, Israel’s first woman prime minister never forgave herself for her decisions in 1973.

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