Dimity's Reviews > The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler
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May 06, 11

bookshelves: feminism, parenting, reviewed, 2008, aborshun, health-issues, memoirs-biographies, read-women-nonfiction
Read in February, 2008

Really powerful and moving...sure it's no great academic work and the survey participants are self-selected, but the author never claims it is anything but an opportunity to give these women a chance to tell their stories. Some of the interviews made me sick to my stomach to think of the shame and hypocrisy forced on the surrendering mothers, many of whom were just teenagers.

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