Teaching Jobs & Women

I think my mother, Virginia (Brown) Murray (1917-1982), would have loved to know and talk with her grandchildren. I am thinking of one of her grandchildren in particular who today is leaving one high school, in which she taught business courses and coached girls’ soccer, for a position in another high school. She never knew my mother, who was also a teacher.

In contrast to my successful niece, my mother was not successful in getting a permanent teaching position as a mathematics teacher when she graduated from college in 1937. The country was still amidst the Great Depression, jobs were scarce, and math teachers tended to coach boys’ athletics.

From family reports, it seems she would have preferred to work and earn money rather than attend college in 1933. Continue reading “Teaching Jobs & Women”