women in history

Estrella Eleanor Carothers, (1883-1957), holding specimen case

My first memory of women's history is from university.  The professor in my university history class devoted two weeks of the course to Eleanor Roosevelt. Those were my favorite two weeks.

The drawing above was inspired from a photograph of Estrella Eleanor Carothers in the Smithsonian's photographs of women in science. Her research in genetics using grasshoppers offered the first physical evidence that homologous chromosomes separated independently during meiosis


For another university class, our assignment required us to interview a female role model about their work.  I interviewed my Mother and am grateful for that opportunity. I had not realized how much she appreciated being able to work and have her own income.

When my sister and I were younger, she had been offered a job at my sister's preschool. Since we were both in school, a babysitter would not be necessary.

It still took some persuading of my traditional Father to agree. After some discussion, she convinced him that it would be better to have a double income for the family.

The job required my Mother to complete her GED and college courses in early childhood education. She worked during the day, and with us in tow, completed the courses at night at the local city college.

Looking back now, I fully understand how much she had to juggle to keep everything running along smoothly for us kids and my Father while she completed all the necessary coursework.

She was an amazing Mother, and I know her spirit still watches over me. Happy Mother's day Mom.

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