“I think if I were filling out a form and they asked, ‘what work experience do you have?’, I would say I was a homemaker and I don’t feel ashamed of that.”
The Berkshires, MA
Let me begin with my marriage, and that was a long time ago. That was 50 some years ago and I am now 90. In that period of my life, I never thought anything of myself other than as a wife and a mother, and I had no ambitions to be anything other than a wife and a mother. I was very fortunate to be able to work at a local museum as a guide, or a docent, and I loved that work. I also audited courses at Williams so that I could learn an enormous amount about art and art history and also how to present art primarily to children to encourage them to see for themselves. So, I felt that I had a very happy life. I was happy in my marriage, happy with my children, and happy with the work that I had which could easily be integrated into my personal life. I think if I were filling out a form and they asked, ‘what work experience do you have?’, I would say I was a homemaker and I don’t feel ashamed of that. I had no ambitions in myself to be a professional woman or to be a leader. I admire people who aspire to be that, but it was not an aspiration for me.