Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Ruth Rothstein
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The question that you are really asking me is, can you have it all? Can you have a family and be in the workforce and work as many hours as is necessary to do the job? And I think for many women, having it all is very difficult. Women who work in factories or are single parents have some very difficult times. I was more fortunate. I had a husband who was a lawyer. If I didn't work, it wouldn't have mattered. I didn't have to work. We didn't count my money. I was able to have full-time help. At first, when I went to work for Jackson Park Hospital, I only worked from 9 to 3:00... And while my husband was 15 years older than I was, for a guy he was very enlightened when it came to women, he wasn't a male chauvinist. But he did say, 'if you want to go to work full time, then you better get help, because I'm not going to do it. Use your money to get help.' I went to work because I wanted to. I stayed home for a year after I left Jackson Park Hospital when we moved to Evanston... I had been going to a lot of luncheons with a lot of women and one day I thought, 'this is so boring, what am I doing here?

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