"First And Foremost"

"First And Foremost"

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  • Miriam Ben Porat
     
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    A story for  International Women'sDay

     

    This International Women's Day I want to share with you a story of one Israeli woman who made a difference, a woman that wasn't afraid to become "The First".
    Let me take you back almost 100 years. The year is 1926, Lithuania- a handicapped woman comes back from the local court frustrated. She turns to her eight-year-old niece and says: "it's unfortunate that you are not a lawyer, you would have saved me"- this short sentence leaves such an impression on the little girl, she vows at this moment that she will become a lawyer to save people.
    We make a lot of promises to ourselves especially when we are young, a lot of them we   never get to fulfill. This was not one of those. That little girl was Miriam Ben Porat, who indeed became a lawyer when she grew up, the first step in her long and inspiring career.
    Miriam immigrated to Israel by herself in 1936. She was one of three women out of 80 students in her class to become a lawyer, and later a judge. But the most interesting positions she held were her "Firsts": she was the first women Deputy President and President of a district court, the first woman Supreme Court Justice (1976), and later the Deputy President of the Supreme Court until her retirement. She was voted twice by The Israeli Knesset (parliament) to serve as State Comptroller - another first (1988).
    A woman of firsts.
    Without courageous women like Miriam Ben Porat, who decided to make these brave inroads, we wouldn't have been able to celebrate a lot of the achievements we have today. Miriam was one of those extraordinary women who made a change in Israel.
    Miriam said once about her childhood:
     
    "I loved the swings, to play just like in life– to soar high and then return to 'Karka Hametziut', the ground of reality"
    I think this is an inspiring sentence we have to look as far as we can in order to find what our hopes and dreams are, but then we must come back to the ground and find a way to make them a reality, and not to be afraid to dare and to be "the first".
     
     Consul Karmely
    This post was inspired by an interview of Miriam Ben-Porat with Dafna Levi (Hebrew): http://2nd-ops.com/daphna/?p=43