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Ivanka tweets Golda on International Women’s Day

US president's daughter tells followers to 'make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility'

Ivanka Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland,  July 21, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 21, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, marked International Women’s Day by tweeting a quote from Israel’s first woman prime minister Golda Meir.

Trump encouraged her followers to “make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement,” in a tweet posted on Thursday.

In what may be seen as another sign of the close connection between the Trump administration and the Jewish State, Trump shared the quote, along with the message that “Women’s day is every day! Happy Thursday! #internationalwomensday”

International Women’s Day was marked Wednesday.

Meir was noted for her toughness in a male-dominated world, and admiration and respect for the late Israeli leader, who died in 1978, lingers to this day.

The actual quote from Meir begins with advice on building self-esteem. “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life,” she said.

Meir was born in Kiev (modern day Ukraine) and grew up in Milwaukee. She served as Israel’s prime minister from 1969 until her resignation in 1974, following the Yom Kippur War. Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, used to refer to Meir as “the best man in the government.”

Golda Meir, shown in January 1964, was not the world's first female prime minister. (Wikimedia Commons/JTA)
Golda Meir, shown in January 1964, was not the world’s first female prime minister. (Wikimedia Commons/JTA)

Last December pro-Palestinian activists in Kent State University were unsuccessful in their appeal for the university to remove a picture of Meir along with the quote from a public display. Head of the local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine claimed that the quote “contributes to a climate that makes us feel like we [Palestinian Arab and black students] do not belong here.”

 

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