What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.
My grandmother Henriette Geertruida Lamboo only went to primary school. According to what my mother told me, she then went to work as a housekeeper with doctor Boer, where she also took care of his children. My mother recalled a family story that there wasn't any money to let my grandmother study any further because her sister got married.
What I know for sure is that my grandmother was a bright woman and she keenly felt the loss of not having had the opportunity to continue learning.