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The Best Statement Made About Rape | Gold Meir’s Curfew for Men

Golda Meir was the Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1973. According to the Jewish Women’s Encyclopedia, Meir was, “[a] pioneer, visionary, risk-taker, indefatigable fund-raiser, eloquent advocate, she was an activist of the first order, one of the founders of the Jewish state, a woman whose life story is as central to the mythos of modern Zionism as that of Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weizmann, and David Ben-Gurion. Presidents and kings found her willfulness charming, while her grandmotherly appearance and plain-spoken personal style endeared her to ordinary people around the world.”

When Golda Meir was asked to place a curfew on women to help end a series of rapes, Meir replied by stating, “But it is the men who are attacking the women. If there is to be a curfew, let the men stay at home.”

What a completely truthful statement and observation. Unfortunately, I am unable to find out whether or not a curfew was actually imposed. I seriously doubt so. This statement was made to emphasize that it is the men who are at fault, not the women. So if any action is to be taken, do not penalize the innocent party.

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  1. Lady, you can make posters for me anytime.

    Your mention of Meir reminds me of one of my favorite posters of all time, which was especially meaningful to me in about 1972 as I was job hunting in Atlanta and being asked to take a typing test regardless of the position I was seeking. The poster featured a photo of Meir and under it asked: “But can she type?”

  2. What a great statement by Mrs Meir! I agree with her completely. Punishing women for the evils committed by men is one of the hallmarks of patriarchy and I’m glad she had the courage to identify the problem.

      • I think it’s because she was very tough, intelligent and appropriate, however women like that are rarely if ever taught in our secondary education system. I wish they were. It would then give young girls a chance to see great women. Maybe if we elect a female president that might change. One would think change would have happened with three powerful and intelligent Madam Secretaries of State, many senators, members of the hose of representatives and four great Supreme Court Justices.

        • I agree one hundred percent. I was actually very interested in a Clinton presidency. I wish more women ran for government or where the money-bags/powers-that-be were interested in more women in positions of power.

        • I would love to see a woman president. Hillary is capable of being one. However, we really do need more female politicians over all. In the House, Senate, Governors, etc.

          And NOT Jan Brewer!!!!

  3. When I posted this on Facebook, her grandson who is my friend said that this was even earlier and not when she was Prime Minister. “it wasn´t when she was prime minister, it was way back in the late forties or early fifties in a discussion at the Knesset (parliament).”

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