Virginia Wright-Peterson

Folks have been thinkng a lot about the second World War these days, remembering how the country came together with a common goal during a frightening period in its history.

Then, women had to step into unfamiliar roles and do it all: work, earn money, care for homes and family -- but when the war was over, there seemed to be a concerted effort to get women out of those jobs and careers.

We don't think a lot about the people who founded the Mayo Clinic in Rochester; if we think about it at all, it's in a context of - perhaps literally - life and death.