In 1954, Joanne Schiebelshe was a young unmarried college student who discovered that she was pregnant. In the 1950s, her options were limited. She could have had an abortion – but the procedure was both dangerous and illegal. She could have got married, but she wasn’t ready and didn’t want to interrupt her education. Joanne opted, instead, to give birth to the baby and put it up for adoption. And so it was that in 1955, a California couple named Paul and Clara Jobs adopted a baby boy, born out of wedlock, that they named Steven. We know him today…as Steve Jobs. It would not be overstating things to say that Steve Jobs is my generation’s Thomas Edison. As one observer put it, he knew what the world wanted before the world knew that it wanted it. If you have an iPhone or an iPad or an iPod, or anything remotely resembling them, you can thank Steve Jobs. If your world has been transformed by the ability to hear a symphony, send a letter, pay a bill, deposit a cheque, read a book and then buy theatre tickets on something roughly the size of a credit card…you can thank Steve Jobs. And: you can thank Joanne Schiebel. If you want to know how much one life can matter, there is just one example. But: imagine if that life had never happened. Imagine if an unmarried pregnant woman had made a different choice 56 years ago…

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