JEWISH WOMEN’S FOUNDATION
Basic Quality For Women
To Succeed Is Economic
ATKINS decried the fact
that "we allowed ourselves in our society to make it okay to
diminish people, especially in gender situations." The
psychologist and relationship expert hailed the Jewish Women’s
Foundation (JWF) for teaching how to deal with bullying, how to
manage money on your own, and understand what’s acceptable and
not in friendship."
Dr. Atkins spoke after accepting an
award at the foundation’s spring benefit luncheon at The Plaza.
Two other women also received awards: Judith Roth Berkowitz,
chairman of the Center for Educational Innovation-Public
Education Association (CEI-PEA), and Dr. Marsha Firestone,
founding president of the Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO).
After graduating from the University
of Pennsylvania, Berkowitz said, IBM offered her a choice of two
jobs—secretary or human relations. "I was thinking systems
engineer," she said.
"It’s the responsibility of the women
who are there to create access for other women."
Dr. Firestone maintains that the key
to stability for women is economic security. "JWF helps women to
develop economic security—how to take care of yourself."
She added, "The key to my success is
the support of others. You can’t do it alone; you need support."
Paula Zahn, who served as emcee,
recalled her early days at a TV station in San Diego. She was
sent to cover a nuclear disaster in a nearby power plant. The
boss said, "Paula, you get double points if you come back