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Mohinder "Mona" Jain was born in 1936 in Karachi (now in Pakistan) and moved with her parents to New Delhi, India, where she grew up. Her father was a police chief, and her mother raised five sons and two daughters at home. Her parents believed in education for their daughters as well as their sons. Jain studied pre-med at Delhi University in 1954 and received her B.Sc. in Biology, Chemistry and History of Sciences there in 1956 and her B.Ed. in Biological Sciences and Health Sciences in 1961. She was a Fulbright Exchange Program Scholar in 1964-1966, living in Sarasota, where she and her husband Kailash were the only resident Indians.
Jain received her M.S. in Science Education from Florida State University (Tallahassee) in 1971; her Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from Nova University (Fort Lauderdale) in 1981; her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Education and Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida (Tampa) in 1981; and her M.D. from Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine (St. Lucia, West Indies) in 1987.
Dr. Jain became an American citizen in 1980. She has served as an administrator, supervisor, teacher, or professor in the health, science, and education fields in schools in the Indian, British, and American educational systems. She has taught at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Bayshore Middle School in Manatee County (later Bayshore High School), and Manatee Community College, and served as an adjunct professor for the Bethune-Cookman College and Nova University branches at Bayshore High School.
In 1990, Dr. Jain became director of family health and disability services for Manatee County Head Start, coordinating programs in six centers in Bradenton, Samoset, Palmetto, and Parrish. She was appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991 and was reappointed in 1993, 2002, and 2006. She has also served on and chaired the Manatee County Commission on the Status of Women. In 1996, Governor Chiles appointed her to the new Governor's Commission on Education.
In addition, Dr. Jain has held leadership positions or served with numerous other organizations, among them the United Nations Association of the United States of America, Florida Division; United Nations Development Fund For Women (UNIFEM) (a Gulf Coast Chapter Founding Member); American Medical Women's Association; American Public Health Association; American Association of University Women, Bradenton Branch (Founding Member); Women's Resource Center of Manatee; Manatee County Human Relations Commission; League of Women Voters; and Kiwanis International.
Dr. Jain's husband, Kailash, is a businessman in Sarasota. Her daughter, Anila, is a physician specializing in internal medicine in St. Petersburg.
This collection contains the personal papers of Dr. Mona Jain, documenting her personal life, professional career, interests and activities. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, press releases, news clippings, minutes, reports, and other materials concerning Dr. Jain's involvement with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, the Governor's Commission on Education, Manatee County Head Start, and other organizations and interests. Also in the collection are two videotapes. "Let Yourself Grow" (Manatee County Commission on the Status of Women, no date) profiles four Manatee County women who overcame sexism, racism, poverty, and physical limitations to achieve their goals. "United Nations Women's Conference: One Year Later" (President's Interagency Council on Women, September 28, 1996), hosted by CNN news anchor and correspondent Judy Woodruff, is a teleconference reviewing the ideas, activities, and progress made concerning issues addressed at the 1995 Women's Conference in Beijing, including health, economic opportunity, education, violence against women, and human rights.
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