Who Was The First Woman President Of Israel?


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The first woman president of Israel was Golda Meir. She was the fourth Prime Minister of Israel, and regarded as one of the original founders of the state of Israel.

Meir was born Golda Mebovitz on May 3rd 1898, in the Russian Empire of Kiev (now known as Ukraine).
First Female Israeli Prime Minister

From 1949 to 1956, Golda was the Israeli Minister of Labour and, in 1956, she became Foreign Minister.

From 1969 to 1974 Golda was the first female president of Israel and was once jokingly described as the only man in the Cabinet for her headstrong and robust approach.

She was also known as the 'iron lady' even before the days of Margaret Thatcher.

Background of Golda Meir: Israel's First Woman Prime Minister

Tragically, Meir had five siblings who died in the childhood. Her father left for the United States in 1903, whilst the rest of the family stayed in Pinsk.

Eventually the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Golda's father worked as a carpenter and her mother ran a grocery store.

Golda attended the Fourth Street School (now known as Golda Meir School) and it was here that she undertook her first public work by organising a fundraiser for class text books.

In the early 1960's Golda was diagnosed with lymph cancer, which she tried to hide from others in office for fear that they might see her as unfit for service.

She resigned from the Cabinet in 1965, citing illness and exhaustion due to her years of service.

Golda died in Jerusalem at the age of 80 and is buried on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

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