Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Pamela Sussman Paternoster
Activist Educator

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What Else She Said

In the Algebra Project there are very few white faces involved and while I really wanted and believed I could have ownership, I always felt that I had to sit back a little bit. I believe it was necessary. It was not my job to stand front and center. But it caused me to have some really intense struggles with my own internalized racism and what my reasons for doing the work were. Was it to help me, was it for notoriety because of the people I was working with, was it because I believe in children and Ed reform and grass roots organizing and had the opportunity to learn it and effect change? It became an identity crises at one point and involved falling out with some of the people that I loved the most and then coming back together with a different point of view. The most important being that I will always be a guest in any community other than my very own Jewish community and that's okay. I can be an activist in many contexts because I know who I am. I'm proud of that. I'm proud that I recognize that.

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For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Pamela Sussman Paternoster on CHALLENGES." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.

For a footnote: Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Pamela Sussman Paternoster on CHALLENGES," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.