Strength. Determination. Perseverance. When Jeannette Woods picked cotton with her brothers and sisters, she dreamed of becoming a lawyer, a model, an actress, a doctor, an airline stewardess, a singer and a paleontologist. This little six-year-old girl, as she filled her cotton burlap bag no longer than a pillowcase, had dreams. As the cotton rows seemed longer and as the cotton grew taller so did her strength, determination and perseverance. “The cotton grew taller than my head and I wouldn’t go very far down the row,” says Jeannette, “because when I looked back it looked like a maze. I wanted to be with my family, so I went along. My dad was a cotton contractor and paid me a few cents so that I felt that I had accomplished something.” From the cotton fields and a cotton-picking family, Jeannette Woods persevered to become one of Chandler’s leading Attorneys of Law today.
Woods was one of the fortunate ones to graduate from Chandler High. A few decades before, Blacks were not accepted there. Woods is pleased to see the changes in Chandler. When Jeannette Woods was born, her family lived only five minutes from the Chandler hospital,