|Jill Ker Conway|
Her father drowned while trying to improve the family's water supply and her mother struggled for three years more but eventually moved the family to Sydney where Jill eventually attended a private girls school and the University of Sydney.
After graduation, she traveled with her mother in Europe . She eventually moved to the United States and entered the history program at Harvard University, where she assisted John Conway, a Canadian professor whom she married. John Conway died in 1995.
Jill Ker Conway now serves as a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has written 21 books, among them The Female Experience in 18th and 19th Century America: A Guide to the History of American Women (1982); The First Generation of American Women Graduates (1987), her doctoral thesis in American History at Harvard; True North (1994), a memoir of her life from Harvard to Smith College; and Written By Herself (1995), an anthology of the changing status of women throughout history.