The Girls Who Went Away
The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. WadeBook - 2006
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Between 1945 and 1973, an unprecedented 1.5 million women in the United States surrendered children for adoption due to enormous social pressure. They were expelled from high schools and colleges and forced to leave jobs as teachers and nurses because they were pregnant. They were sent away to distant relatives or to maternity homes to make the “problem” disappear. These women gave birth to their first child, left it behind and returned home, where they were expected to keep their secret, move on and forget.
A social history of adoption from the perspective of (primarily) unwed, teenage women who were forced to surrender their infants. This combination of personal interviews and scholarly information gives a good perspective on a hidden and unspoken of time. The author is an adoptee who briefly mentions her search and reunion with her birthmother. A must-read for adoptees born before 1973.
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