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Bertha Elion and her Mother, Gertrude Elion, circa 1921

Bertha Elion and her mother, Gertrude Elion circa 1921.

When asked who had inspired and influenced her the most, Elion named her mother. A housewife with no higher education, Bertha Cohen Elion likely felt deprived that she had never been able to have a career of her own. She had great common sense and always wanted her daughter to have a career of her own. She was always very supportive of Elion in all her endeavors.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Bertha Elion and her Mother, Gertrude Elion, circa 1921." (Viewed on June 27, 2019) <https://jwa.org/media/bertha-and-gertrude-elion>.

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