Golda Meir Statue

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    A bronze statue of the 4th Prime Minister of Israel, the first and only female to serve in this position, and one of the few female head of states in the world. Meir, immigrated with her husband from the US to then Mandatory Palestine in 1921. She is considered as one of the founders of Israel and served in several positions in the administration and government before becoming the 4th Israeli Prime Minister. Among her nicknames were “The Iron Lady” and “The best man in the government.”
    The statue is located on Golda Meir Square, a few minutes’ walk from Times Square. Created by Beatrice Goldfine and dedicated on October 3rd, 1984, commissioned by the Jewish Community Relations Council.
    Till the beginning of the 21st century, the statue was standing on a six and a half feet granite pedestal, but for an unknown reason, the pedestal was removed. Since then, the statue is situated among low-lying greenery at the far corner of the square without any plaque or name.

    NYC: Golda Meir Square

    The bust of Golda Meir, by Beatrice Goldfine, was dedicated on October 3, 1984 at the southern end of a triangular plaza on Broadway, which was named Golda Meir Square in 1979. Commissioned by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the bronze bust rests on a pink granite pedestal and measures a total of six and a half feet tall.

    Golda Meir (born Golda Mabobitch, 1898 – 1978, Hebrew: גּוֹלְדָּה מֵאִיר), one of the founders of the State of Israel, served as the Minister of Labour, Foreign Minister, and then as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel from March 17, 1969 (at age 70) to June 3, 1974. She is the first (and, to date, only) female Prime Minister of Israel, the third female Prime Minister in the world, and the first female head of state to oversee the development of a nuclear weapons program. She led Israel through the Yom Kippur War and the War or Attrition, and ordered the "Operation Wrath of God" following the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games.
    Text Wally Gobetz
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    Address: Golda Meir Square, New York, NY 10018
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