"I had a rule that I would never argue with anyone who thought women shouldn't be rabbis," Priesand said. "I would listen and I would say, 'Thank you so much for your opinion' and I would walk away."
"I don't believe you can really accomplish your goal by arguing, you just have to do it," she said, "and then people judge you for who you are as a person."
Asked what advice she'd give Stanton, whom she plans to see ordained next month in Ohio, Priesand said, "Be yourself."
"When you're the first of something, there's a lot of notoriety that goes a long with that and it's easy to lose your focus along the way," she said.
"When I was ordained, everyone thought that they knew what I should do and how I should dress and how I should be and I'm rather proud of the fact that I've always been able to be myself," she said. "You cannot please everyone and so you have to be true to your own standards."