Biologist Cathy McFadden submitted this post about her grandmother, Elsie Carpenter.
My grandmother graduated from Radcliffe in the 1920s with a degree in biology. While there she met my grandfather, who was a PhD student in biology at Harvard and her TA in a course. After she graduated and they married, she worked as his lab assistant (in developmental biology research) for several years before leaving science to raise a family. Although my grandfather had a long career in biology (35 yrs as a college professor followed by 20 yrs in a government lab) my grandmother never went back to work.