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NYC: Golda Meir Square

The bust of Golda Meir, by Beatrice Goldfine, was dedicated on October 3, 1984 at the southern end of a triangular plaza on Broadway, which was named Golda Meir Square in 1979. Commissioned by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the bronze bust rests on a pink granite pedestal and measures a total of six and a half feet tall.


Golda Meir (born Golda Mabobitch, 1898 – 1978, Hebrew: גּוֹלְדָּה מֵאִיר), one of the founders of the State of Israel, served as the Minister of Labour, Foreign Minister, and then as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel from March 17, 1969 (at age 70) to June 3, 1974. She is the first (and, to date, only) female Prime Minister of Israel, the third female Prime Minister in the world, and the first female head of state to oversee the development of a nuclear weapons program. She led Israel through the Yom Kippur War and the War or Attrition, and ordered the "Operation Wrath of God" following the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games.


On the 7th Avenue side of the square are two tributes to the Garment district--The Garment Worker statue and the Fashion District kiosk with the largest button in the world and 31-foot needle.

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Taken on June 17, 2008