The U.S. may have the Notorious R.B.G., but long before she came on the scene, Israel had its own tough Jewish female leader who wouldn’t be told what to do – Golda Meir.

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

She was a feminist, a determined go getter, the creator of Israel’s welfare state and a fierce advocate for the newly independent African states of the 1960s. But then came the Yom Kippur War and Meir’s “goldan” reputation took a beating.

Watch this episode of History of Israel Explained from Jerusalem U to find out why.

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Ori Herrmann