Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Joanne Alter
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I started giving speeches all over, wherever I could, about the role of women worldwide and in Africa. And then feminism began to develop here in the United States, it was my good fortune to be a part of that really cataclysmic movement in changing the status of women. It was because of my activities in Democratic causes that I had an experience with women who talked about running for office, but never had dared to. The movement began and I talked to people that were active in Democratic politics. Gladys Tillett, head of the Commission on the Status of Women in the UN, that was a wonderful organization of achieving women from all over the world. And she was India Edward's predecessor. India Edwards was the first vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee. So they kind of got together and they started an effort to get more women involved in politics, and I was involved in that. And so we scouted around and tried to get women to run for the Democratic National Convention, as delegates, and then we tried to get women to run for all kinds of offices and I organized something called the Illinois Democratic Woman's Caucus.

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For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Joanne Alter on WOMEN'S MOVEMENT." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.

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