Molly Hornbuckle

As Interviewed by Zion Kim, March 12, 2011
"Discrimination really is, to me, about a lack of power. Not just politically or legislatively and government, but it is that feeling that an individual has that they don’t have as much power as others to affect change and to make their life or their family’s life better."
Molly Hornbuckle

Introductory Profile: About Molly Hornbuckle

Mrs. Molly Hornbuckle was my fourth grade teacher. Mrs. Hornbuckle was born in San Antonio on February 19, 1952. She graduated from Baylor University, got a degree in history, and worked for the Texas Legislative Council in the State Capitol building in Austin. She was involved in her church, and in the League of Women Voters. She is currently a fourth grade teacher at Davis Elementary. Her experiences in college on the issue of gender discrimination have opened her eyes to the significance of gender discrimination going on even today. They have changed the way she views society, the way she interacts with the students in her classroom, and the way she talks with her peers. They have motivated her to think in terms of equity and to speak the things her inner voice is saying to her.

Mrs. Hornbuckle is very thoughtful and passionate about the things she loves, and is eager to share with everyone the things she has discovered in her life. Her eyes always sparkle with excitement and joy when she is in her classroom, teaching, and it is clear that she is very grateful for being able to do what she loves to do. She is a very open and caring person, seeking to understand how other people around her feel, and has equal faith in all her students—boys and girls of all races. She seeks to make the most of her life and live it to the fullest. She gets her inspiration from knowing the fact that she is making a difference in the learning of all her students that she interacts with on a day-to-day basis. This helps her keep aware of how important her job is, regardless of what other people think about it.

During the interview, Mrs. Hornbuckle spoke in a light and cheerful tone, knowing exactly what was most important to say. She spoke directly and clearly so that people could understand exactly what she meant. “All of those experiences helped me figure out what I thought. I kind of needed those experiences. So, I don’t know that I regret them but I wish I had stepped up earlier and said, ‘Okay, hold on,’” she said. She also wished that she had been more aware and courageous at the time to be the one person that encouraged or inspired people to think about or stand up for the equal treatment for women as well as men.

For Mrs. Hornbuckle, the experience of having to make a decision about what her major was going to be was not just an academic decision. It was a decision that tested her character, a decision that opened her eyes to the seriousness of an issue that she was not aware of until then, and a decision of how to respond to a simple conversation that she had with her faculty advisor. It changed not only her life, but also the way she viewed society.