When I was at Mt. Sinai [Hospital], there weren’t many women in leadership roles in the Jewish community. It
took some time for that to happen in the Jewish Federation. Women who were involved were volunteers, not paid
functionaries. It took some time. I think I helped, whether directly or indirectly. I think I helped in many
areas, not just in the Jewish community here, but in the Jewish hospital movement and in many places where I went
because of who I was and what I did. I think it made a difference, particularly to young women. I had a theory, I
used to say when I spoke, 'always look back and take another woman with you.' I really meant that, and I did that.
I did a lot of mentoring, and I still do. I have a lot of women, even today, who come to talk about what they
should be doing, how to get into a particular fields, what does it take to do this, what will it mean for them.
Remember, women who make it, make it because of people like me in the past. I truly believe that, whether in the
Jewish community, in the African-American community, in academia, in the nursing community. The impact was manifold, not because of anything I went out consciously to do, but just the things one does.
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