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Author Pnina Lahav in discussion with Professor Simon Rabinovitch.


The Only Woman In The Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power presents the life of Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth prime minister, in the context of the Twentieth Century and Israel’s struggle to achieve and maintain statehood. The book reviews Golda’s struggles to reach and maintain power against the constant pushback of anti-feminist social prejudice.


Pnina Lahav is a Professor of Law, Emerita and a member of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. Her fields of expertise are constitutional law, first amendment law and legal history.  She is the recipient of, most recently, the Israel Studies Award for Lifetime Achievement (2017) and the Prime Minister Golda Meir for Society and Leadership Award (2021).  She is the author of the acclaimed Justice in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century. Of late she has focused her attention on the status and history of women and her biography of Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth prime minister, presents Golda Meir’s life in the context of the twentieth century through the gender lens.  This biography, titled “The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power (Princeton University Press: 2022) is a part of the 2022-2023 book picks of the Jewish Women’s Archive.


Simon Rabinovitch is Stosky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University.


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