WOMEN SHAPING HISTORY:
My Meeting with Jane Goodall
(L-R) Dr. Pola Rosen
& Jane Goodall
The mere mention of her name conjures images of apes and chimps, living alone in the jungles and forests of the world, collecting data, intellectuality and courage. In short, a woman to be truly admired.
When I asked Dr. Goodall what her greatest obstacles were the irony of her response was not lost on me. I thought she would talk about loneliness, wild animals or the forest. Instead she spoke about the violence of man: in 1975, four students working with her were kidnapped in the Congo. As a result, the entire Gombe Research Center in Tanzania came to an end, which included the chimp project. At the same time, she lost her part-time professorship at Stanford University.
But she didn’t give up. In fact, her advice to young women today is, “If you want something, never give up. Don’t be discouraged; don’t give up your dream.”
I will never forget meeting Dr. Jane Goodall: her gentle manner, her kindness, her persistence and tenacity in the face of adversity are qualities to be emulated by our generation as well as those to come.#