Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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Peggy Charren
Children's Television Advocate

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It kept me very busy. I was delighted to have found something to work on for over 30 years that I thought was important and that was making at least a little bit of difference. I don't think the difference that I made is necessarily worth all the kudos that came my way... But when push comes to shove, it really is important to talk about children and media because they spend so much time with it. And we helped make that happen...

It helped my inferiority complex. I think I had one. And you sort of never get rid of something like that... I, still today, think 'Who the hell am I that I should get an honorary degree? Who the hell am I that I should get these kudos in the press?' And I certainly felt it sitting with Women Who Dared. Who am I to compare to these women who go to Bosnia to change the world there? Who open their mouths when they're twelve about how something isn't working and manage to do something about it that works?...

I would think, 'I don't have the courage to put myself in those paths of danger' and that, I think, is the reason why you can develop an inferiority complex. I was never able to think of really putting myself in physical danger... I always took political risks, but I didn't take physical risks. And every time I see a story about kids or young adults or old women for that matter who are taking real physical risks that were not forced on them - it was choice - I feel like I could do something if I had to, but from choice I wasn't going to do that.


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For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Peggy Charren on IMPACT ON SELF." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.

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