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Investigator's Relationship to Subject Matter
Although I am not a person of Latino descent, I do share the similarity of first-generation
college graduate. That alone is the similarity that I have with this topic and with two of the four
participants; however, my firm beliefs in the idea of equality and the importance of education
present a perspective that could color the objectivity of this study.
I may not be of Latino descent, but as a woman, equality in education has been ingrained
in me from an early age. As a young girl, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I
grew up, I would say a marine biologist. No one in my immediate family had ever given me an
indication that certain fields were more difficult for girls/women to work in, or that I could not
become a marine biologist because I was a girl--quite the contrary. My mother had broken
ground as a young woman, graduating from high school early and moving to the city to help
support her family. She had moved up in business and had clearly established herself as a serious
businesswoman. When she married my father, he convinced her to stop working when she
became pregnant with my brother. She did not work outside of the home again until after my
father's death when I was in high school. My father did, however, encourage me to do well in
school with the idea that I would go to college.
The only time I can remember being discouraged from a career goal was when my
brother-in-law began dating my sister. He had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and
again I said a marine biologist. He said, "You can't do that. Girls don't become scientists." My
sister quickly retorted, "She can be whatever she wants to be." So a high regard for my abilities
and a clear indication that education was important were instilled in me from my earliest
memories. When I began encountering the world at large, I began to understand my brother-in-
law's assertion. His belief was echoed in the words, attitudes, and biases of many people that I
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