While going through all the papers and documents and other things in my mom’s house, I stumbled across the documents she and my grandparents brought with them when they left Cuba. I stumbled across this document from the Secretary General from the University of Havana dated 2/8/60. It describes the achievement of a woman who was raised by a single mother, at the turn of the 20th century, in the eastern provence of Cuba, Santiago, who was accepted to the most prestigious University in the Country and one of the most prestigious Universities in the Americas, and who on July 5, 1922, almost two years to the date when the United States of America allowed women the right to vote, this 23 year old woman received her Doctor in Pharmacy with High Honors.
She went on to start her own business, a pharmacy in the town of Palma Soriano, Oriente and kept it until it was taken away from her by the damned revolution. I wonder if she sought this certificate in an attempt to get work here in the US at the age of 61? Who knows. Both she and her husband had to flee to Spain and then finally to the US in 1964 where to their dismay, they could not get work because of their age and language barrier. That woman was always proud that she was a Doctora en Farmacia. She was also involved in the establishment of the first school for the blind in Santiago de Cuba in the 1920’s. I never knew this until I googled her name and found this document. What do you know for such a purported backwards country that was nothing until the revolution. Yeah right.
That’s pretty outstanding for a woman back in the early 1920’s no? Of course that woman, Delfina Maria Parlade y Hechavarria, was my grandmother.