When Diana Natalicio graduated from a blue-collar St. Louis high school in 1957, life expectations were clear for her and her classmates. “They prepared the boys to be apprentices in the various trade unions—electricians, carpenters and so on—and they assumed that the girls would marry them. And so they prepared the girls for short-term careers, until their nuptials came along, in secretarial studies,” she recalled Tuesday. She took a job as a switchboard operator but quickly grew frustrated with the work and the life possibilities that lay ahead. So she enrolled in Saint Louis University, a Jesuit school near her home even though she recognized she wasn’t prepared. “They said, ‘well, where’d you go to high school. I told them and they said, ‘Hmmm, well…View Original Post
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