Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Ruth Rothstein
Public Health Leader

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[I was accepted as a woman in the union], much more than I was accepted as a woman when I got to be president of Mt. Sinai [Hospital], when I met with Jewish hospital administrators throughout the country. They had a hard time accepting me as a woman. In the union I did not have a hard time being accepted as a woman. I don't remember having incidents of this kind in the union at all. They were more advanced, they really were. They were organizing women and they needed to have a much more positive position.

When I became president of Mt. Sinai [Hospital in 1966] and I went to a group called Administrators of Jewish Hospitals, they had a terrible time accepting me, they had never seen a woman in an executive position. They just didn't have it, even though they had many women working in the industry. It took a couple of years before they learned that this was the reality and that I was only the beginning of what was going to happen to them in health care... They finally came to admit that as result of my being there, they were able to change the way they dealt with women in their own hospitals. As a result, other women did become integrated into the administrative staff of these Jewish hospitals. That was a more difficult struggle, they had trouble with it.

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