Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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CHALLENGES:
The Women Who Dared face challenges both personal and global in their activism. They must learn the skills of activist work and convince others that their work is safe and appropriate. They must counteract apathy and help sustain the energy of others. And they must face the slowness and partialness of social change while continuing to dream big.


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We really didnít know anything about [domestic abuse], it was not talked about. (Devora Stern) ...More 
- SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse)   View Biography


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[The biggest challenge was] learning everything that I needed to learn about human rights, because it wasn't taught to me ...More 
- Lynn Amowitz   View Biography


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[When I started out] the temple was not that happy with the women [I had taught]. Any time one of the women made a mistake it was blown up way out of proportion. ...More 
- Hadassah Blocker   View Biography


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I think that its very important that you try to reveal other people's riches ...More 
- Elana Brownstein   View Biography


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I guess a lot of times getting other people to help and getting people to be involved is really hard. ...More 
- Elana Brownstein   View Biography


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The biggest challenge was fighting a multi-billion dollar industry, or a few of them ...More 
- Peggy Charren   View Biography


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There are times when you think, 'this is never going to end.' ...More 
- Rebecca Chernin   View Biography


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Once you've invested yourself in something it becomes harder and harder to give it up. ...More 
- Ruth Clarke   View Biography


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It was most often difficult to be there [in dialogue group]. It wasn't anything like sitting in a women's group talking about our mothers ...More 
- Merle Feld   View Biography


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[Women in Black] was often scary. Not so much the standing there... But the going to it and the coming back afterwards were intense. ...More 
- Merle Feld   View Biography


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It was very scary to know that I could get killed, which I think was a real possibility every day that we were down there. ...More 
- Vicki Gabriner   View Biography


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It was terribly upsetting to know that Jews were dying in Ethiopia, trying to get to Israel. And yet if one Jew died today in the Soviet Union ...More 
- Barbara Gaffin   View Biography


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[The greatest challenges of the trip were] finding the Jewish people without being afraid. Even in synagogue, not knowing if the person beside me was KGB ...More 
- Roz Garber   View Biography


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The most challenging aspect of the work that I do is - to see for many, many years that we only have the same treatments to offer women ...More 
- Judi Hirshfield-Bartek   View Biography


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[The greatest challenge was] definitely talking. I knew it was so important that I kind of put it aside but through this work I've kind of lost my identity of shy little girl ...More 
- Shulamit Izen   View Biography


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The greatest challenge was bringing up my children, really, and giving them a value system ...More 
- Anne Jackson   View Biography


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[The most challenging thing was] the apathy. Teenagers are just masters of apathy ...More 
- Hannah Jukovsky   View Biography


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I think part of the biggest challenge has been the failure of so many of the movements that I've worked on to really do anything but be co-opted ...More  Audio available
- Margaret Lazarus   View Biography


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I have a Paul Goodnight poster in my office. He's an African American artist and he originally did the piece for the Olympics. It's runners, and at the bottom it says, "Feet, don't fail me now." ...More 
- Susan Maze-Rothstein   View Biography


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Oh well anything creative - you are taking huge risks ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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For me [the greatest challenge was] to be strong, not to show any fear at all, because I knew that if I show any fear in any area, then we will lose the battle. When I started to demonstrate, one of the KGB agents ...More 
- Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit   View Biography


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I think [the biggest challenge] is the resource support. It's really making sure that you don't take on too much ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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[The greatest challenge was] to make contact with [the girls in the detention center].I couldn't expect to correct them, to heal them ...More 
- Freyda Sanders   View Biography


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Some of the risks we take when we are involved in a movement, are a part of the essence of the movement itself [like] being willing to be attacked by those that oppose what one stands for. There are other steps that one takes that are much quieter and perhaps more personal. ...More  Audio available
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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... a woman with HIV prioritizes everyone else before herself. Her parents, her children come first, while her own needs are far behind on the priority list. ...More 
- Abby  Shevitz   View Biography


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Sustaining activism [is the greatest challenge]. People always respond with great energy to a threat and to an immediate problem-solving situation ...More 
- Betsy Shure Gross   View Biography


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Absolutely the biggest struggle for me has been my health, and it continues to be really, really hard. ...More 
- Rivka Solomon   View Biography


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I think anybody who's an activist is an activist ultimately for themselves, because it gives you a sense of satisfaction doing it ...More 
- Judy Somberg   View Biography


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[T]he teachers were very skeptical, and the principal was extremely worried because they were, you know these two fancy ladies, coming in ...More 
- Marion Stone   View Biography


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"The challenge has always been being a guest." ...More 
- Pamela  Sussman Paternoster   View Biography


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Going into a prison is being able to deal with the poor and sad and lonely women. ...More 
- Jean Trounstine   View Biography


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[The greatest challenge was] just taking young people who feel pretty hopeless because of the treatment that they have gotten and turning that around ...More 
- Gertrude Webb   View Biography


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Challenges? I would say that the difficult thing I did mostly in this area [of domestic abuse work] ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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One challenge for me was to stay brave... I don't like being in danger. I say that knowing full-well that probably most people don't, but some people kind of get off on it. ...More 
- Judy Frieze Wright   View Biography


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[The greatest challenge] in some ways is maybe finding community to really grow and feel supported in the work. Because you can't do it alone ...More 
- Janet Yassen   View Biography


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Money is always hard.... It's frustrating how much time and effort it takes to raise the money ...More 
- Rebecca Yenawine   View Biography


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There are people who don't understand where the kids are coming from ...More 
- Rebecca Yenawine   View Biography


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I think one of my frustrations... I'm learning how limited what someone can do in this position - how many limits there are in what someone can do, even if you're a prisoners' rights lawyer and you do this full-time, more than full-time ...More 
- Rebecca Young   View Biography