MAry Jane's Story

Portrait of Barbara
I lived in San Francisco, California, USA. I was an only child living with mother and father. In the US system there’s an assumption you go on to higher education and my mother certainly wanted that for me.

She wanted me to be employable. I didn’t think beyond the immediate future I imagine I suppose I would’ve been thinking about the liberation that going away to university would bring and that life would be more exciting.

I started on the science path, I’d wanted to be a food scientist my English teacher pointed out I’d be better at humanities. She saw in me what I didn’t, at that time, see in myself.

It was assumed you would marry at some point.

Profession – Retired professor in educational policy. Bachelor of Science, Master of Science (Botany). Doctor of Philosophy in education policy.

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