Mary Turner Lane:
Finally, I realized as I was leaving a class with four or five of the men graduate students at Duke, who were taking the courses with me, that every one of them was going to begin work on his dissertation that summer and not work the following year, because everyone had a wife who was working.  And here I was with no wife, working, with no time to do a dissertation.

Interviewer:
Supporting a child.

Mary Turner Lane:
No time to do a dissertation. I was a single parent and a single wage-earner, and how in the world I could ever do a dissertation, I don't know.

- Mary Turner Lane, scholar and first director of the women's studies program at UNC

Interview with Mary Turner Lane by Pamela Dean, September 9 and 16, 1986; May 21, 1987; October 1 and 28, 1987, Interview L-0039, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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