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A list of this kind simply has to have our Golda on it. Israel’s fourth Prime Minister, she was the first woman to be elected leader of Israel.

Known as “the only man in the cabinet”, Meir was Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister for the Labour party before coming out of retirement in 1969 – at the age of 70 – to lead Israel as Prime Minister.

A few other fun facts:

– She was one of two women who signed Israel’s declaration of Independence in 1948

– She received the very first Israeli-issued passport

– And she spent some of her schooling years in Milwaukee, USA


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