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.

Hop on over to my photo blog to see where I've been on my bicycle!

joining sunday sketches


  1. Lovely post about your mom. Back in the 40s and 50s when my mom married my dad, women just didn't work unless the family was in trouble. Working moms were definitely groundbreakers!

  2. I really enjoyed this post, Juana. I also got oober excited when you started talking about homologous chromosomes separating independently during meiosis. lol I had a great Biology teacher this past Fall who is also speaking for me at my graduation. So, this just perked up my morning when I read this. Hee

    Your journal pages and sketches - specially of your mother. So wonderful you could complete such a special assignment involving her.

    Happy SS! :)

  3. Lovely pieces! Happy Mother's Day, lovely post, I love reading about independent smart women!

  4. Very interesting and I love that grasshopper!

  5. Wonderful sketches, theme and inspiration!

    My first memory of women's history is ~ likewise ~ from college. It was a very influential class for me, for it taught me not only about women in history, but about the nature of history and what's chosen to be of value and shared.

  6. wonderful to hear of your mother and how she pursued her dreams. quite honorable. love your sketches.

  7. What wonderful art and such a beautiful post about your mother. My mother is also an inspiration to me.


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