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Former Israeli prime minster Golda Meir may have done and said many things people disagree with, but one of her stances is difficult to argue with. When there was an outbreak of nighttime assaults against women in Israel, a minister in the cabinet suggested a curfew to keep women in after dark. “But it’s the men who are attacking the women,” she retorted. “If there’s to be a curfew, let the men stay at home, not the women.”

There's a link to Selected Quotes from Golda Meir, which has

22) When there was an outbreak in assaults against women at night, a minister in the cabinet suggested a curfew to keep women in after dark. But it’s the men who are attacking the women, Golda responded. If there’s to be a curfew, let the men stay at home, not the women.

At the bottom is

These quotes are drawn from the sources noted in the bibliography and from a number of books compiling quotations.

The bibliography is on this page, but it may not be in them if it's from a book compiling quotations.

The quote isn't listed in Wikiquote.

Did she make the above quote about curfews?


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Menachem Meir, Golda's son, repeated it on an interview for Israel Today (Hebrew link).

. בסוף 1949 התרחש רצח נורא בגן מאיר בתל אביב, זה היה יוצא דופן אז. בישיבת הממשלה שר הדתות, הרב פישמן, הציע שיוטל עוצר על נשים לצאת מהבית בשעות הערב. אז אמי קמה ואמרה: בדיוק להפך, את העוצר צריך להטיל על הגברים

My translation:

At the end of 1949 a horrible murder occurred in Meir Garden in Tel Aviv, it was extraordinary then. In a government meeting the minister of religion, Rabbi Fishman, suggested laying a curfew on women, so they won't go out in the evening. Mother stood up and said, on the contrary, the curfew should be laid on men.


A Hebrew blogger claims this originates from an interview with Oriana Fallaci, to Ms magazine in 1973. (Based on other sources - probably April 1973).

I have no reason to doubt that attribution since it is specific (to a certain magazine and year), but I was not able to read the actual article and verify.

The reference adds that the original suggestion was by a religious minister which adds to the context of the comment.

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    Unless the source is verified, this answer should not be considered complete. Snopes has infamously cited nonexistent magazines.
    – March Ho
    Jan 10, 2016 at 15:17
  • Oooh, so close.... It's not on the first page of the article.
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 10, 2016 at 16:36
  • @Oddthinking you could email the seller and ask for a photo of the next page of the article? Jan 10, 2016 at 16:58
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    Claim repeated here: jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/meir-golda but I always get suspicious when wikiquote lists the article its apparently a quote from, with many interesting things she DID say in it, but missing this particular quote (link)
    – Jamiec
    Jan 11, 2016 at 9:10

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