I was exposed through Council of Jewish Women to the leaders of that time, in Civil Rights. Not Martin Luther King, but Whitney Young, Bobby Kennedy, and others. It was all so inspiring, and for young girls from the South who had led very sheltered lives, it was quite an opportunity."
Men have traditionally been community leaders. They've been on boards, they've chaired boards, and they have staff at their businesses to do all the work! [Laughs] Women come along and they have to do it all themselves, usually. I was the second woman to chair the board of the local United Way. I went on to serve on the United Way of America board, and I was practically the only non-CEO on that board! I remember sitting there once in the freezing cold, it was January, and I was worried about whether the planes would take off. And I turned to the man next to me and asked, "What time is your plane going to take off?" And he said, "Flo, it's anytime I want." He was the chairman of the board of Exxon! I said, "Oh, of course! Well, could you give me a lift?" [Laughs] I have had a lot of experiences where I've been the only woman, or the only woman like me, who's gotten to some of these places. Without having gotten there by virtue of a husband, or a father, or great wealth.
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