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Interview #466: Clarenbach, Kathryn F. (September, 2009)

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Tape 12

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00:07

KC discusses why she never actually applied for jobs in more detail. She isn't ambitious. When she returned to graduate school, it was not because of job opportunities; she really wanted to learn something. KC got through the program quickly. Her professors told her the real learning would start when she began teaching, and she found this to be true. KC does not use her title; she finds the classism in this society annoying.

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06:09

KC mentions some things she might have done differently, like taking the Bryn Mawr job, not getting married, and attending the international meetings of the International Woman's Year.

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08:05

KC talks about the importance of balance in life. She wishes she'd had more of a social life and interaction with friends, but she had work, her children, and housework, and then her husband became too ill for them to socialize; she didn't want to leave him alone.

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12:30

KC is beginning to think she should retire, but doesn't want to rush into the decision because she's been sick and is tired.

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13:36

There's no one activity that KC is proudest of, but she feels good about the Wisconsin Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women and starting NOW. Without the commissions on the status of women, there never would have been NOW. The continuing education programs for women were also very important.

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16:01

KC has learned that life is not a popularity contest. Her parents never asked, “What will people think?” but, “Can you live with yourself?”

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17:55

Of all the work she's done, KC has enjoyed writing and delivering speeches the most. She loves to write and used to give as many as thirty major addresses a year. She never delivered the same speech twice because her own views were always changing.

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20:20

KC briefly discusses her own writing process. Her husband loved to read what she wrote and always thought it was wonderful. KC has confidence because her husband and family were supportive. Her neighbors could hear her let out a sigh of fatigue whenever she got home from work. She used to have discipline, but has less of it now.

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26:52

End of interview session 12

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