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Caroline Beidler’s Metzenbaum Award acceptance speech

Melissa English, Caroline Beidler and Rachael Belz at Ohio Citizen Action's 35th anniversary party in Cincinnati. photo by Brewster Rhoads

CINCINNATI — “I learned that a woman who usually doesn’t have much more than a hundred dollars in her checking account can be a small part of something as significant as convincing an international corporation to make $150 million dollars worth of improvements to help the health of a community.

This award really is an honor. You can’t see it, but on this year’s Metzenbaum Award, next to my name is an asterisk.

This asterisk represents the very large group of people who have supported me, listened to me, mentored me, held my hand, had my back and pushed me harder than I wanted to be pushed – sometimes way outside of my comfort zone.”

— Caroline Beidler, Neighbors for Clean Air, December 4, 2010.

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