Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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IMPACT ON SELF:
In changing the world, the Women Who Dared also changed themselves. Through their activism, these women built their self-confidence and self-esteem, learned skills to better handle life's challenges, and created lives that are fulfilling and enjoyable.


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I had just given birth and we had meetings in my house so that I could nurse the baby. I would be there still for the 1:00 a.m. nursing and everybody would be around. It was marvelous (Shoshie Kahn) ...More 
- SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse)   View Biography


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I thought "oh, no, come on, I've got twenty years to do something good!" ...More 
- Joanne Alter   View Biography


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It's made me more aware. It's made me more accepting and unaccepting in many ways - accepting of cultural norms that may or may not be compatible with western culture ...More 
- Lynn Amowitz   View Biography


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"What I have learned after having contact with these women [the grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo] for so many years is that you don't give up." ...More 
- Rita Arditti   View Biography


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I"t's interesting teaching younger women now. I've been at Boston University teaching women's studies for nine years and it's been very profound to teach younger women." ...More 
- Diane Balser   View Biography


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I'm stubborn. I wasn't going to let [the men's resistance] stop [me] from opening this beautiful, beautiful material to the women. And they love it. ...More 
- Hadassah Blocker   View Biography


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[My work] has been such an integral part of my growth and development. I think I've been very lucky that skills that I've had and that knowledge that I've had has been valued ...More 
- Renee Brant   View Biography


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It shapes my life. I have met incredible people through what I've done. ...More 
- Elana Brownstein   View Biography


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It kept me very busy. I was delighted to have found something to work on for over 30 years that I thought was important and that was making at least a little bit of difference ...More 
- Peggy Charren   View Biography


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I've always taken on challenges, and I like challenges. Maybe that's why I've taken on the Jewish community; because it's such a challenge, and also because I'm involved in it, so it affects me. ...More 
- Rebecca Chernin   View Biography


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There's at least one thing, one major thing, that I can point to, to justify the fact that I've lived on this earth. ...More 
- Ruth Clarke   View Biography


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I am a child of this Movement. They [Refuseniks] parented me. They raised me. ...More 
- Pamela Cohen   View Biography


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[Dialogue] taught me a lot. I saw that I could do things that I wouldn't have imagined I could do. ...More 
- Merle Feld   View Biography


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I was so impelled and compelled to do this [civil rights] work--the drive was so strong. And it was a drive that came from inside of me. ...More 
- Vicki Gabriner   View Biography


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On the one hand, I have so much passion for this work. On the other hand, I am quite cynical about it. And has the work made me cynical? ...More 
- Barbara Gaffin   View Biography


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[Because of the trip to the Soviet Union] I realized the importance of activism, the importance of if something is going wrong in another part of the world, that we can made a difference. ...More 
- Roz Garber   View Biography


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Selfishly speaking, I think that [my work has] had an impact on helping me see that if I put my mind to something, I can really work at doing it ...More 
- Judi Hirshfield-Bartek   View Biography


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So much of my identity is the work that I do. When you're younger, you have this vision of ...More  Audio available
- Judi Hirshfield-Bartek   View Biography


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I didn't think it was going to be a big deal before [to speak in front of the school] but I stood up there and I was shaking ...More 
- Shulamit Izen   View Biography


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I said, 'Children, I have to go, this is very important in my life.' ...More 
- Anne Jackson   View Biography


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I'm the MCAS girl - I get called the MCAS girl. It's just couched the way I think in completely different terms ...More 
- Hannah Jukovsky   View Biography


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"This work has made me be completely, irrevocably out. There's no way to go back." ...More 
- Idit Klein   View Biography


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I think I saw myself as a 'softie' -- I wasn't a street-tough kid... I knew how to be nice. I didn't really know how to fight...It made me see that I could be outspoken ...More 
- Sally Mack   View Biography


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Social justice work is what I do, it is me.... Having had the experience of standard legal practice, I felt as though my soul was being deadened ...More 
- Susan Maze-Rothstein   View Biography


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I didn't know that I'm so strong. I didn't know that I'm so gutsy. I can tell you that I never would be divorced in Russia. ...More 
- Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit   View Biography


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[My activism is] really about promoting health care access ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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I've become recently involved with The Associated, and Jewish Family Service ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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The work in Gaza was probably one of the best jobs that I've ever had. And it affected me very deeply because I was working with people who had such incredible courage ...More 
- Marilyn Paul   View Biography


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Remember, I don't have a college degree, this is my college degree, and it's an advanced degree. ...More 
- Ruth Rothstein   View Biography


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I tell you how my experiences affected me. There is one thing. I cannot tolerate complainers. I feel there is always something constructive that one can do. ...More 
- Denise Schorr   View Biography


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I got a remarkable phone call from the Gates Family in Seattle ... after getting Bill Gates' father, who was in charge of the foundation, to actually come and visit Hopkins -- which was a wonderful experience for him as I've been told, and really changed the direction of the foundation ...More  Audio available
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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"I love the idea that the hospital and I personally could provide as good care and attention to people regardless of the fact that they had never known true comfort or inner contentment. I didn't have to go far, but I chose the hospital that was the most challenging." ...More 
- Abby  Shevitz   View Biography


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[My work] has probably kept me from a padded cell somewhere. I need to be able to feel that I'm making a difference ...More 
- Betsy Shure Gross   View Biography


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It gave me focus and it gave me a new opportunity -- I mean, I had to leave the international politics world, and it gave me a new vehicle for channeling my women's activism. ...More 
- Rivka Solomon   View Biography


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It became my life's work. It changed me. It gave me a passion, a direction. ...More 
- Jean Trounstine   View Biography


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I think I've grown from the experience and that I interact with people of all ages ...More 
- Gertrude Webb   View Biography


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I've spoken [on domestic abuse] in many cities. ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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I was asked to join the National Taskforce on Domestic Abuse ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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I am lucky to start a lot of projects from scratch and really see them build in amazing ways. ...More 
- Jill Weinberg   View Biography


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[I]t challenged my construct of the truly powerless ...More 
- Anita Weinstein   View Biography


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[After spending six weeks in prison in Mississippi for civil rights activism] I was very much in demand as a speaker, because that was just as things were really taking off. ...More 
- Judy Frieze Wright   View Biography


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I think all of the work that I do transforms me every minute. It affects me sometimes in a negative way because there aren't any movies that I can go to -- very few really. ...More 
- Janet Yassen   View Biography


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There is so much I get out of doing this work that I wouldn't trade the gifts I get from young people for anything. ...More 
- Rebecca Yenawine   View Biography


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At times in my life, I've had jobs where the work that I was doing didn't fit 100% with what I believed in, which I found very troubling ...More 
- Rebecca Young   View Biography