Bernhardt in her element—at the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, celebrating the completion of the New Yorkers at Work radio series project, November 1981.

Q: How did you become an activist?

A: When I was growing up, I thought I'd be a missionary. My parents are very active in the Presbyterian Church and I played the organ and directed the junior choir one summer. I was a camp counselor at Presbytery Point, which was this wonderful camp the presbytery maintained. As a child I was very interested in Dr. Schweitzer. I read about him in the Landmark Series of books in our little school library. And I thought I could do some good in the world. I wanted to do some good in the world.