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Prime Minister of Israel

In office

17 March 1969 –3 June 1974

President Zalman ShazarEphraim Katzir
Preceded by Yigal Allon (Acting)
Succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin

Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office

18 June 1956 –12 January 1966

Prime Minister David Ben-GurionLevi Eshkol
Preceded by Moshe Sharett
Succeeded by Abba Eban

Born 3 May 1898(1898-05-03)

Kiev, Russian Empire

Died 8 December 1978 (aged 80)

Jerusalem, Israel

Political party AlignmentMapai

Labor Party

Spouse(s) Morris Meyerson (1917–1951)
Alma mater Milwaukee State Normal School
Religion Judaism

Golda Meir (pronounced [ɡolˈda meˈʔiʁ],[1] Hebrew: גּוֹלְדָּה מֵאִיר‎, born Golda Mabovitch, 3 May 1898 – 8 December 1978, known as Golda Meyerson from 1917–56) was the fourth Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on 17 March 1969,[2] after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. Israel's first and the world's third woman to hold such an office, she was described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics years before the epithet became associated with British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.[3] Former prime minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir "the best man in the government"; she was often portrayed as the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people".[4]