By: Christina M.
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Margaret Mead was an anthropologist (someone who studies all people past and present) Margaret was a cultural anthropologist and the first anthropologist to study children as well.
__Born__: December 16, 1901.
__Died__: November 15, 1978, __New York City, NY__.
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, PA
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Known for
Margaret Mead is known for being the first anthropologist of all time to do a study of children, especially children in other cultures. Such as Papa New Guinea where she met her second husband Reo Fortune. Margaret Mead also did many talks about child psychology.
Science Explained
Margaret Mead earned her bachelor degree at __Barnard College__ in __New York City__, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from __Columbia University__. Margaret Mead also wrote many books about children of other cultures, along with that she wrote many books about women and the unfairness of people being sexist about men are better and stronger than women. She also gave people outside the academy of science that she worked at understanding of those around the world. Margaret Mead was very well known for her many books. She has written 44 books and over 1,000 articles. The reason we understand and get along with those around us and those around the globe is because Margaret Mead wanted us to know and get along with each other, to do that she aired on many shows and after her time on those shows her goal was completed. One of my favorite quotes from her is “Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump-you have to get it right the first time.”
After college Margaret Mead went straight into anthropology and did not have any part time jobs. Along with anthropology Margaret Mead became the director of the Columbia University Research in Contemporary Cultures after the death of Ruth Benedict.
Did you know?
  • Margaret Mead was married three times she married in 1923 to Luther Cressman but later (in 1928) they realized that they had nothing in common so they divorced. Then on October 8 1928 she got remarried to Reo Fortune. Then in 1935 divorced with him and got Re married in 1936 to Gregory Bateson and had on child born in 1939 named Mary Catherine Bateson Kassarjian. Then she divorced for a THIRD time in 1950 and never re married again.
  • Margaret proposes that people's personalities and expectations about things such as gender roles are shaped more by their culture than by their genes.
  • Margaret's mother and grandmother homeschooled her.
  • Margaret's mother was a sociologist.
  • Her mother & grandmother taught her to observe the people around her, starting with her brother and sisters( she even had to take notes )
  • The eldest of 5 children. 4 out of 5 were girls
  • Her father worked at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He taught economics there.
  • She was planning to become a major in English
  • Margaret was a frequently featured author and speaker in mass media from 1960’s – 1970’s

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