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Golda, Why Now? With Sophia Berry

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

In recent years, there’s been a revival of interest in Golda Meir, both in the US and in Israel. A new movie about Golda is due to be released this summer starring Helen Mirren, and a TV series produced by Barbra Streisand is in production. In Israel, after many decades of deliberate disregarding her term of office as a prime minister her legacy as a state’s woman and labor minister is being re-examined and gaining recognition. Furthermore, in contemporary pop culture her figure appears frequently, suggesting a new role model in a gender aware society. In this session, join us as we explore why Golda ran away from her parents’ home in Milwaukee to live with her sister Shayna, brother-in-law Sam at a certain modest brick duplex located at 1606-1608 Julian Street in Denver, Colorado. The importance of Golda’s Denver experience is documented in her 1975 autobiography My Life, where she states, “It was in Denver that my real education began…”. Through the examination of unique artifacts from the Denver house, including pictures and documents, explore Golda’s political legacy as a one of the only woman diplomats at the time and her relevance to today’s culture.

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