Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Nearly all of the Women Who Dared named family members or other Jewish women as role models, from whom they learned strength, confidence, independence, and determination.


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My father and mother were both community activists, because in a small community, every person makes a difference. (Chani Friedman) ...More 
- SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse)   View Biography


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Probably my father [was a role model]... I didn't have any women role models. [My father] kept saying, 'Women's day is going to come ...More 
- Ruth Abrams   View Biography


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"I had some teachers in elementary school that I admired greatly. They seemed so respected by others and I liked that." ...More 
- Rita Arditti   View Biography


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"There isn't [any] one woman, there are so many women,[who served as role models] but they're peers and contemporaries." ...More 
- Diane Balser   View Biography


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My mother ...had a row of pushkes in the kitchen and when we really didn't have much money, there was always a couple of pennies in those pushkes. ...More 
- Hadassah Blocker   View Biography


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When I was a young child in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the first woman who caught my eye was an exotic woman. She was Jewish, she was Italian ...More 
- Renee Brant   View Biography


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There's an amazing, amazing director of education [Zipora Schorr] at my school ...More 
- Elana Brownstein   View Biography


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First of all my mom...she is an extremely, extremely organized and busy person and I guess I learned from her that if really you want something done, you can do it, ...More 
- Elana Brownstein   View Biography


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My mother, even though she does the whole Orthodox woman thing—has my Dad do Motzi—she is a very strong woman. When something goes wrong, she's the one who gets on the phone and talks to them and convinces them. I've always seen my mother take action herself. ...More 
- Rebecca Chernin   View Biography


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All women learn to be women primarily from their mothers. I was lucky to have a great teacher. ...More 
- Ruth Clarke   View Biography


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My mother [was a role model]... She really taught me by her doing. ...More 
- Vicki Gabriner   View Biography


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I certainly always looked up to my parents, even though they did a very different kind of work than I did. But it all stems from the same sentiment ...More 
- Barbara Gaffin   View Biography


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I always said that Henrietta Szold was a role model, even before I was a professional here [at Hadassah], ...More 
- Roz Garber   View Biography


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I've definitely had some more recent role models over the last ten years ...More 
- Judi Hirshfield-Bartek   View Biography


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In terms of GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] stuff, Annie [Lederberg, the first full-time organizer for Keshet, Boston's Jewish Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Advocacy and Education Organization] has been amazing and I look up to her so much ...More 
- Shulamit Izen   View Biography


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She [mother] does so much stuff for other people ...More 
- Shulamit Izen   View Biography


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My mother was very active. She was the kind of person that spoke a broken English... but she had a certain fire. ...More 
- Anne Jackson   View Biography


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As far as organizing and breaking down situations and things like that, my mom is just incredible ...More 
- Hannah Jukovsky   View Biography


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My mom is the coolest... she feeds everybody, she likes all my friends. She's just the greatest mom ever. She packs me lunch. It's incredible. And she puts in a 50-60 hour work-week ...More 
- Hannah Jukovsky   View Biography


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"I've had a lot of teachers that were role models." ...More 
- Idit Klein   View Biography


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[Our sons] had already been active in college or in their work. ...More 
- Sally Mack   View Biography


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My mother, in her own way, and many of the people who were active in the 60's were formative and informative for me ...More 
- Susan Maze-Rothstein   View Biography


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From [my mother] I learned a lot about the ability to question authority and to not just accept the normative structure of society generally ...More 
- Susan Maze-Rothstein   View Biography


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I guess people I have been inspired by: I wouldn't necessarily call them role models ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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My role model was first my mom, [who] I think really raised me well in the way that she gave me some qualities in life to be strong, honest, open, loving, and helpful to others. ...More  Audio available
- Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit   View Biography


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I think that those values [of my parents' work], and particularly my mom's involvement ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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Dr. Claudia Smith, who was my community health instructor and really, I think, got me interested in community health ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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Remember my role models weren't necessarily women, because they weren't there. ...More 
- Ruth Rothstein   View Biography


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My mother was very active. When we were not home from school, mother was out busy somewhere. She was always home when we got home, but she was always doing something... political kinds of stuff. ...More 
- Freyda Sanders   View Biography


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Elizabeth Rack taught me everything I know about politics, and how to organize people, and manage a database, and to engage people in a cause that's bigger than themselves. ...More 
- Madalyn  Schenk   View Biography


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During the years when I grew up, there were not too many women role models who were being something. People were getting married, having children, becoming volunteers—which is what I did! ...More 
- Florence Schornstein   View Biography


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I think my children are role models today when I see how they're able to juggle their lives ...More 
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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Without any doubt my parents were [role models] in the sense that I was brought up in a home that was full of joy ...More 
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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I think there have also been a few professional people [I see as role models]. Anne Huppman, who was the very gentle but very firm ex-director of the Maryland Planned Parenthood ...More 
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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I should say something about [Dr. Alan Guttmacher] and the influence he had on me and this [family planning] movement. I remember his talking very early on, of the joy that it was when you delivered a baby ...More 
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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"I'm always searching for a role model. I really had to define myself over time. I wish I had more of a role model." ...More 
- Abby  Shevitz   View Biography


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I think [my grandmother Dora] is the most significant influence. She just had a capacity to survive and a determination to do things her way ...More  Audio available
- Betsy Shure Gross   View Biography


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I actually believe the philosophy of the book [That Takes Ovaries!], which is that we're all role models for each other all the time. ...More 
- Rivka Solomon   View Biography


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"My grandma Grace was the bravest person I ever met." ...More 
- Pamela  Sussman Paternoster   View Biography


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I tell you, to me role models are the younger women. ...More 
- Marillyn Tallman   View Biography


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[My parents] were very much doers... They raised us to think that way ...More 
- Jean Trounstine   View Biography


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My grandfather was a very important person in my life. ...More 
- Mollie Wallick   View Biography


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My mother was a very, very sweet person and a great believer. ...More 
- Miriam Waltzer   View Biography


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I would say my sister and my aunt were probably the role models that I certainly had. Certainly giving to society and doing something worthwhile with your life ...More 
- Gertrude Webb   View Biography


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And [my grandmother] was an inspiration to me, too. I must not forget her. Because my aunt did a lot of traveling and had no children, so my grandmother ...More 
- Gertrude Webb   View Biography


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Well, my role models were my mother [Feige Ruderman] and my grandmother [Devorah]. ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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I think that my mother was a feminist before we even knew that such a word existed. ...More 
- Jill Weinberg   View Biography


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My dad very clearly said it was going to be a woman's world. ...More 
- Anita Weinstein   View Biography


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"Dorothy Rossyn, [who] was very active in Hadassah." ...More 
- Judy Wolf   View Biography


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"I was very worried that I wouldn't know how to run a program when I was beginning Yesodot." ...More 
- Sue Wolf-Fordham   View Biography


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[My grandmother] was investigated by McCarthy, so it was a big topic of conversation in my house about my grandmother during those years ...More 
- Judy Frieze Wright   View Biography


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I've had a lot of role models. I guess I'd expand it to teachers, really. My grandparents, all the people, my friends through my life who have challenged me in different ways ...More 
- Janet Yassen   View Biography


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There is no one person that I can say: 'This person has taught me all I need to know ...More 
- Rebecca Yenawine   View Biography


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The biggest gift that my parents gave me was treating me with complete respect ...More 
- Rebecca Yenawine   View Biography


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And I remember as a kid certainly absolutely thinking of myself as a feminist and feeling that the women's movement was really important to me ...More 
- Rebecca Young   View Biography