I think a consciousness of ways in which women and children have been exploited [was important to my work]. I think I was aware certainly in my medical training, even being in the elite, of a lot of forces working against women. I was in a class of 10% women, both at the University of Chicago first and then transferring to Harvard. I remember being witness to, experiencing things as a woman - whether it was the kinds of stories or jokes in class, the slides that were put up. This was before the politically correct era. There were some women in my class who were quite radicalized, much more than I, who were very vocal and led the way on some of that - So I think issues having to do with women and children and the forces that could work against you, certainly if you were black or Hispanic or lower-class, or didn't have money, but even the forces that worked against you when you were middle-class, upper-class, didn't seem to make any difference. So I think I felt an increasing interest and pull in that direction.
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