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Women didn't go to work in those days, no matter how bad it was at home.

That just isn't true. I am older than you. My mom worked full-time outside the home as soon as I started kindergarten. My 2 sisters and I were 'latch-key' kids before that term was coined. My mom collated papers and stuffed envelopes 8 hours a day for minimum wage. That was how we were able to eat, because my dad's pay barely covered housing expenses. My father's last school year was 6th grade, my mother managed to make it through 8th grade. Our family also never accepted public assistance.

He did have a BA in Education. But, I don't think you realize how poorly teachers were paid in Vermont in the 60s. In 1965, he made about $6000 a year. Poverty at that time was defined as $7000. He retired in 1976 making about $12000 a year. I think that was just above the official poverty line.

My point wasn't that higher education leads to higher pay, but that higher education opens one's eyes to a larger perspective on the world, and the possibility of greater opportunity. You dad was able to pass this enlarged viewpoint on to you.

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