Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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TRADITIONAL ROLES:
Through their activism, the Women Who Dared have helped redefine "women's work." Despite some of the assumptions they faced about women's appropriate roles in the family and in public life, they chose their own paths, challenged authority, and created alternate models of women as professionals and as wives and mothers.


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To some degree, there is a message that it's a woman’s responsibility to make the marriage work. (Hadassah Goodman) ...More 
- SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse)   View Biography


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Arguments used to start, 'Gentlemen of the court.' And one day I was talking at the Mass Bar about seeing justice practiced, and I said, 'You know, when that argument starts "gentlemen of the court," I start fantasizing how can that lawyer lose.' And honest to God, it changed over night ...More 
- Ruth Abrams   View Biography


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The clubs were always hard. Because lawyers tend to go to the Union Club or the Algonquin Club ...More 
- Ruth Abrams   View Biography


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I don't think [my work] fits into women's traditional roles at all. It's not so common for women to travel and do these things on their own ...More 
- Lynn Amowitz   View Biography


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"The grandmothers [of the Plaza de Mayo] and also the mothers access the public sphere on the basis of their traditional roles: mothers and grandmothers." ...More 
- Rita Arditti   View Biography


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When I first had the idea of becoming a doctor in the 1960's, I was definitely not fitting in to the expectations of my guidance counselor at my Midwest High School ...More 
- Renee Brant   View Biography


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I think when it started, we were called 'housewives' in every story in the paper, and I never did anything about it. I thought you can only work on one issue at a time. And gradually ...More  Audio available
- Peggy Charren   View Biography


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When we'd do the mother-daughter groups in shuls, the Jewish mothers would be in awe that a Jewish girl was talking about this. They'd be whispering, 'this happened to my niece.' ...More 
- Rebecca Chernin   View Biography


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There was also a part of me that was beginning to understand that there was something wrong with the picture. ...More 
- Vicki Gabriner   View Biography


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I didn't need to be the wife of the Rabbi to feel a sense of wanting to reach out to others. ...More 
- Shannie Goldstein   View Biography


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Being a nurse is probably traditional women's work. But the part that makes it a challenge [to traditional women's work] is that I'm pretty outspoken in my role of advocating for women and for the care they deserve ...More 
- Judi Hirshfield-Bartek   View Biography


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[Being a woman] may be a bit of a disadvantage at times because film is a pretty male area ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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I had to work harder and smarter to be recognized. ...More 
- Ruth Rothstein   View Biography


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My father would say you don't talk about sex, money, religion or politics. As soon as he died, that's all I've talked about: sex, money, religion and politics. ...More 
- Madalyn  Schenk   View Biography


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Women no longer have the career that I've had. ...More 
- Florence Schornstein   View Biography


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At least in my history and maybe it's just luck, I have been very lucky. I think we had the best of both possible worlds. ...More 
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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I think medical school was extremely hard because I only had two years of college and the choice was, whose tuition is going to be paid and obviously it was Gary's tuition ...More 
- Betsy Shure Gross   View Biography


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I had a party one night and a bunch of people over. And someone told this story of something bold and brazen that this woman did, and I just said, 'Oh, that takes ovaries!" ...More 
- Rivka Solomon   View Biography


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"As a woman, I grew up in a family that said, 'Go to college. Either be a teacher, a social worker, or a nurse.'" ...More 
- Pamela  Sussman Paternoster   View Biography


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My father was always disappointed that I wasn't a boy. ...More 
- Miriam Waltzer   View Biography


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But all the women in our family... my mom's first cousins, were doctors and lawyers, and professional women, her sister was a teacher also. ...More 
- Anita Weinstein   View Biography


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"I think there's a myth about what the Jewish woman's traditional role is." ...More 
- Judy Wolf   View Biography