In May of 1953, five years after Israel declared itself into independence and fought a bitter war for its survival, the nation’s leadership was finally ready to address the real burning issue of the day: tax deductions. Policies were considered, bills drafted, and when the Ministry of Finance was finally content, it submitted its proposals to the boss, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s Founding Father.
Ben-Gurion, however, wasn’t interested in the tax code. It was the bill’s language the captured his attention. It used deeply gendered terminology that the Old Man felt belittled women. And he would have none of that.
“Section Four,” Ben-Gurion wrote his colleagues in a memo that recently resurfaced and is being widely shared on social media in Israel, “says ‘husband/wife,’ and in my opinion it should say ‘my man/my woman.”
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