Nevertheless, I was astounded to read today on my homepage, REFDESK, an article about the first woman to be conferred a PhD.
It was Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, pictured at left, an Italian; the year was _____. The institution was the University of Padua.
I am partially prompted to write this as a loved one struggles with balancing college, full time work, and motherhood. Plus a wonderful dog that is in failing health, a lifelong companion that quite literally saved her life.
Every time I see the dog I whisper in its ear, "Thanks for saving her life." And he gives me a glance that says, "I know, and she saved mine, too."