My VIP for this week is Carol M. Swain who grew up in a two-room shack in the rural South. She was one of nine children in a poor family. How poor? One year the entire family failed their grade because they missed 80 out of the 180 days of school. The reason that they missed so much school is that there was a lot of snow that year, and the family did not have proper footwear for the children.
Swain and all her siblings dropped out of school after the eighth grade. She married at sixteen years of age and bore her first child at age seventeen. By the time that she was twenty years old, she was the mother of three children. She married twice, but both marriages had problems. She wanted to be able to provide for herself and her children financially, so she decided to go to school.
Working forty hours per week in the college library to provide for her family and to pay for her schooling, Swain received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Doctorate. She was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University. She later worked as a college professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University. She retired from Vanderbilt and now teaches for PragerU.
Swain is an author of at least nine published books. She is a public speaker and political commentator. She is a lifetime member of the James Madison Society. Her passion is “empowering others to raise their voices in the public square.” She has many other accomplishments that I chose not to mention. You can learn more about Swain at her site.
I was familiar with Swain from various sources, but I did not know her story or much about her. I happened onto this site tonight and was mesmerized with her story. I hope that you will listen to her story and learn how to overcome difficult circumstances to become successful. She is a wonderful example doing things outside her comfort zone because it was the right thing for her to do. The