Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Israel's Iron Lady from Milwaukee....Golda Meir
Golda Meir was a founder of, and later, the fourth Prime Minister of Israel during one of the most turbulent periods of it's short history. She was born in Kiev,Ukraine and raised in Milwaukee. She went to school at the Fourth Street School (Golda Meir School) and graduated from North Division High School in 1915. She soaked up the progressive socialist political atmosphere of Milwaukee, lived briefly in Denver (where she became fully politicized and met her future husband) and returned to become an active member of the Labor Zionist youth movement. With the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine in 1917, she began to plan her immigration. She became a teacher, taught a few years in public schools and in 1921, with her new husband Morris Myerson and her sister, she moved to Israel. The picture above shows Golda as a teenager in Milwaukee.