March 17 - 1969 - Golda Meir Becomes Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir was born Golda Mabovitch in Kiev, raised and educated in Milwaukee, and eventually became the Prime Minister of Israel. A remarkable woman, her life seems highly representative of Israel's founding generation despite her unique accomplishments. Avoiding an early marriage, she fled Milwaukee for Denver to live with her sister and brother-in-law, where she would be introduced to politics, Zionism, and her future husband. After being a teacher in Milwaukee and a leader in Labor Zionist organizations, the now Golda Myerson and her husband went to live on a kibbutz in Israel. Becoming a leader among the labor movement in then-British Palestine, she would then be a leader in the movement to create a State of Israel. At its actual founding, Golda Meir would be one of 24 people that signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence. Later, she would become a member of the Knesset for the left wing Mapai party, and rose to become Foreign Minister in the 1960s, when she would Hebraicize her name to Golda Meir. It appeared she was taking a step back in the late 1960s after being diagnosed with lymphoma. However, after the sudden death of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, Meir was selected as the new leader of the government.