Through this ethnographic study, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Mary Campbell. Mary was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in a household made up of her mom, her father, and three older brothers. Unlike families that held their daughters and sons to different gendered standards, Mary always received encouragement from her family that she could do whatever her brothers did (see Figure 1). Mary attributes her Catholic upbringing with instilling many of the values that she maintains today, such as giving back to her community. During a service project in which she participated during her senior year of high school, Mary was introduced to two nuns who had devoted their lives to helping inner-city children. From this interaction with those two influential women, Mary was inspired to pursue both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work with concentrations in marriage and family studies.


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