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Following graduation, from the University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in elementary education, I clearly remember my aunt asking me very kindly but cautiously if when I completed my graduate work, could I get a “better job.” Of course I knew what she meant and I also understood where the question originated. Who ever heard of a man with a terminal degree teaching second-graders? Wasn’t that illegal or something? Wasn’t that “women’s work?” Wouldn’t I at least teach high school? Wouldn’t I take an administrative position or find a job teaching “bigger students.” The answer was a definitive NO. I was not going to work with larger students despite the fact I had recently earned a larger degree. I was heading back to the classroom to teach second- and third-graders.
©2006 Lynn E. Nielsen
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Nielsen, Lynn E.
"Female Like Me,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 2
, Article 18.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol2/iss2/18