Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Betsy Shure Gross
Environmentalist and Community Preservationist

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I think medical school was extremely hard because I only had two years of college and the choice was, whose tuition is going to be paid and obviously it was Gary's tuition. And then when he was in medical school and we had a young family, he was really in medical school and I really had a rough time being so isolated. Most of the people we knew were students and I was a young mother with no money whatsoever, and I found it extremely difficult.

But then it became an advantage, because as I got involved in things, my hours were more like Gary's, and there certainly was never an issue that I was spending too much time doing this or that. Whatever I wanted to do was fine.

And so I think the opportunity to make my own life and make my own way, because his work required so much of him, was in disguise - it didn't feel good at the time - but was in disguise a big advantage because nobody ever thought that there was going to be dinner made, we all just made dinner hither and yon, and so the independence and the ability to say there's something or not in the refrigerator was a real advantage at a time when women were trying to break out of a mold of being constrained by having to be in a certain place at a certain time.

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