Golda Meir

Who Was Milwaukee’s Beloved Golda Meir?

Of all the ex-Milwaukeeans who left town and found fame, Golda Meir is probably the most celebrated. She strode the world stage as prime minister of Israel from 1969-74 and remained one of the globe’s most prominent women until her death in 1978. The future legend came to Milwaukee in 1906 as Golda Mabowehz, an 8-year-old newcomer from what today is Belarus. She quickly adapted to life in America, graduating at the top of her class from Fourth Street School, now a public school for gifted students that bears her adult name. Golda moved on to North Division High School, graduating in 1916, and then attended Milwaukee Normal School, the predecessor of today’s UW-Milwaukee, while holding a part-time job at the Milwaukee Public Library.
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Cleveland Jewish News

Anita Gray to receive NA’AMAT Cleveland Golda Meir award

Anita Gray, retired Cleveland regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will be honored with NA’AMAT’s 2022 Golda Meir Award on June 16 in a virtual ceremony. The chapter-specific award, named after the late Golda Meir, is given to a woman of distinction who gives her heart, time and commitment to the organization, according to the NA’AMAT Cleveland website. Meir was the fourth prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, and the only woman to hold the position in the Israeli government. She died in Jerusalem in 1978.

Golda Meir, reconsidered through a feminist lens

If state-subsidized daycare is still a distant dream in most countries, it was a truly radical idea in the 1930s, when few mothers worked outside the home. Yet that was when this social service was pioneered in Palestine. Jewish women needed safe and affordable childcare as they worked alongside their husbands to build what would become the state of Israel.
Psychiatric Times

Queen Esther, Golda Meir, Marina Ovsyannikova, and Women Leadership

H. Steven Moffic, MD, discusses women in leadership, specifically around the subject of war and peace. To see the Harvard Business Review article on this topic, read "Research: Women Are Better Leaders During a Crisis." Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects...

Helen Mirren Breaks Silence About ‘Unfairness’ Surrounding Golda Meir Casting Controversy

One month after “The Pianist” actress Maureen Lippman criticized the casting around upcoming biopic “Golda,” lead star Helen Mirren is addressing the controversy. Lippman wrote an op-ed letter to The Guardian on January 12 to clarify her comments surrounding Mirren taking on the role of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, despite not being Jewish herself. “Helen will be great. Good actress, sexy and intelligent. Looks the part. [But] my opinion, and that’s what it is, a mere opinion, is that if the character’s race, creed or gender drives or defines the portrayal then the correct — for want of an umbrella...

Helen Mirren Responds to ‘Jewface’ Criticism Over Golda Meir Role

“Golda,” which wrapped in December and also stars “Call My Agent’s” Camille Cottin, is directed by Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv (“Skin”). However, there was disquiet over the casting around the time the film was shooting in London, last winter, after photographs emerged of Mirren looking drastically different for the role.
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Helen Mirren insists questioning over Golda Meir casting was 'legitimate'

Last month, actress Maureen Lipman queried why a Jewish person wasn't selected to play Meir the first woman to become head of government in Israel, in the upcoming film Golda. Responding to Lipman's view in an interview for The Daily Mail published over the weekend Mirren revealed that she had raised the issue with director Guy Nattiv prior to production starting. Mirren went on to insist Lipman had sparked a wider discussion relating to casting within the entertainment industry.