GOLDA MEIR

Location: Golda Meir Square, Manhattan, New York
Artist: Beatrice Goldfine

There are hundreds of statues in New York City. But once you remove the ones in which female figures represent liberty and freedom, just 5 sculptures depict actual historical women. Golda Meir (1898-1978), was an Israeli teacher, stateswoman, politician and the first female Prime Minister of Israel to date. She is also the first female head of state to oversee the development of a nuclear weapons program.

The bust of Meir, by artist Beatrice Goldfine, was dedicated on October 3, 1984 at the southern end of a triangle plaza on Broadway. The bronze bust rests on a pink granite pedestal and measure a total of six and a half feet tall. Her stoic and serious expression is apparent as Goldfine apparently knew Meir personally.