From the introduction to Moving from the Mindless Myths to Meaning
and Money at Mid-Life by Helen Harkness, Ph.D.
The necessity for me to Capitalize on Chaos, both personal and professional, and to Re-Career and Forget Retirement, and make a living for myself and three children started in 1970 when my occupation as a full-time mother and physician’s wife ended. I had sent my husband to medical school instead of going myself, demonstrating the 1950’s Silent Generation wife syndrome. I immediately dashed back to chase a Ph.D. in English, and the dream that I had since I’d read in the 1960’s that if a woman got a Ph.D., she could become a university president! Wow – that was a real challenge to aim for!
However, after six years of part-time graduate classes, while teaching at a private college, which later closed with a bang and a whimper, and within six hours and a dissertation, I realized that with a dime and a Ph.D. in English, that I could get a cup of coffee!…Read the entire paper here