44 Facts About Ann Dunham


Stanley Ann Dunham was an American anthropologist who specialized in the economic anthropology and rural development of Indonesia.


Ann Dunham is the mother of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States.


Ann Dunham attended the University of Washington in Seattle from 1961 to 1962.


Interested in craftsmanship, weaving, and the role of women in cottage industries, Ann Dunham's research focused on women's work on the island of Java and blacksmithing in Indonesia.


Ann Dunham was employed by the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and she consulted with the Asian Development Bank in Gujranwala, Pakistan.


Ann Dunham was born on November 29,1942, at St Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, the only child of Madelyn Lee Payne and Stanley Armour Ann Dunham.


Ann Dunham was of predominantly English ancestry, with some Scottish, Welsh, Irish, German and Swiss.

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Ann Dunham's parents were born in Kansas and met in Wichita, where they married on May 5,1940.


In 1957, Ann Dunham's family moved to Mercer Island, an Eastside suburb of Seattle.


Ann Dunham's parents wanted their 13-year-old daughter to attend the newly opened Mercer Island High School.


Ann Dunham went through high school "reading beatnik poets and French existentialists".


Ann Dunham's parents sought business opportunities in the new state, and after graduating from high school in 1960, Ann Dunham and her family moved to Honolulu.


Ann Dunham studied at the University of Washington from September 1961 to June 1962, and lived as a single mother in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle with her son while her husband continued his studies in Hawaii.


Ann Dunham returned to Honolulu and resumed her undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii with the spring semester in January 1963.


Ann Dunham filed for divorce in January 1964, which Obama Sr.


In 1965, Soetoro and Ann Dunham were married in Hawaii, and in 1966, Soetoro returned to Indonesia.


Ann Dunham's son chose not to go with them back to Indonesia, preferring to finish high school at Punahou School in Honolulu while living with his grandparents.


Ann Dunham was not estranged from either ex-husband and encouraged her children to feel connected to their fathers.


From 1968 to 1972, Ann Dunham was a co-founder and active member of the Ganesha Volunteers at the National Museum in Jakarta.


From 1972 to 1975, Ann Dunham was crafts instructor at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu.


Ann Dunham then had a career in rural development, championing women's work and microcredit for the world's poor and worked with leaders from organizations supporting Indonesian human rights, women's rights, and grass-roots development.


In May and June 1978, Ann Dunham was a short-term consultant in the office of the International Labour Organization in Jakarta, writing recommendations on village industries and other non-agricultural enterprises for the Indonesian government's third five-year development plan.


From October 1978 to December 1980, Ann Dunham was a rural industries consultant in Central Java on the Indonesian Ministry of Industry's Provincial Development Program, funded by USAID in Jakarta and implemented through Development Alternatives, Inc.


From January 1981 to November 1984, Ann Dunham was the program officer for women and employment in the Ford Foundation's Southeast Asia regional office in Jakarta.


From May to November 1986 and from August to November 1987, Ann Dunham was a cottage industries development consultant for the Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan under the Gujranwala Integrated Rural Development Project.

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The credit component of the project was implemented in the Gujranwala district of the Punjab province of Pakistan with funding from the Asian Development Bank and IFAD, with the credit component implemented through Louis Berger International, Inc Ann Dunham worked closely with the Lahore office of the Punjab Small Industries Corporation.


From January 1988 to 1995, Ann Dunham was a consultant and research coordinator for Indonesia's oldest bank, Bank Rakyat Indonesia in Jakarta, with her work funded by USAID and the World Bank.


In March 1993, Ann Dunham was a research and policy coordinator for Women's World Banking in New York.


Ann Dunham produced a large amount of professional papers that are held in collections of the National Anthropological Archives.


In late 1994, Ann Dunham was living and working in Indonesia.


Ann Dunham moved back to Hawaii to live near her widowed mother and died on November 7,1995,22 days short of her 53rd birthday.


The ad featured a photograph of Ann Dunham holding a young Obama in her arms as Obama talks about her last days worrying about expensive medical bills.


Ann Dunham wasn't thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality.


Ann Dunham had been diagnosed just as she was transitioning between jobs.


Ann Dunham's employer-provided health insurance covered most of the costs of her medical treatment, leaving her to pay the deductible and uncovered expenses, which came to several hundred dollars per month.


Ann Dunham's employer-provided disability insurance denied her claims for uncovered expenses because the insurance company said her cancer was a preexisting condition.


In December 2009, Duke University Press published a version of Ann Dunham's dissertation titled Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia.


Early in her life, Ann Dunham explored her interest in the textile arts as a weaver, creating wall hangings for her own enjoyment.


In December 2010 Ann Dunham was awarded the Bintang Jasa Utama, Indonesia's highest civilian award; the Bintang Jasa is awarded at three levels, and is presented to those individuals who have made notable civic and cultural contributions.


In 2010 the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship was established for young women graduating from Mercer Island High School, Ann's alma mater.


Filmmaker Vivian Norris's feature length biographical film of Ann Dunham entitled Obama Mama premiered on May 31,2014, as part of the 40th annual Seattle International Film Festival, not far from where Dunham grew up on Mercer Island.


Ann Dunham felt that somehow, wandering through uncharted territory, we might stumble upon something that will, in an instant, seem to represent who we are at the core.


Ann Dunham was already thinking about things that the rest of us hadn't.


Ann Dunham was enrolled at the University of Washington in the fall of 1961, took a full course load in the spring of 1962 and had her transcript transferred to the University of Hawaii in the fall of 1962.