Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Rivka Solomon

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What do I recommend for women who want to learn how to put their ovaries into activist-action? If you can imagine it, you can do it. It sounds so cliché, and yet it is true. But if it is still hard to take that very first step into the world of being an activist, and a gutsy one at that, remember, you can start small if you want, because that still counts. Once you do something gutsy in a small way, and you see that you lived through the experience, then you build confidence in yourself, and then you can take on the next act. Like courage, risk-taking is infectious. This is true both between people and within a person. Between, it is motivating to witness someone else's courage. Within, an individual develops confidence and experience by taking risks and living through them; the more risks a woman takes in one area of her life, the more she feels able to take them in others. So my main message to folks eager to try on the activist hat? Enjoy being bold, and if that is scary at first, marvel at your ability to walk through fear. Not letting fear stop us in one area of our lives means we are less likely to let it stop us in others, from defending ourselves against a single incident of discrimination to changing the world for the better.

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For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Rivka Solomon on ADVICE FOR ACTIVISTS." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.

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