It was the 1950s. The war was over and women could go back to being happy housewives. But did they really want to?
Women should have been contented to live a Leave it to Beaver life in the mid-20th century. They should have been fulfilled. Womenâ€™s magazines told them so. Advertisers told them so. Doctors and psychologists told them so. Some were. But some werenâ€™t.
In the 1950s, women were sold a bill of goods about who they were and who they should be as women. Some bought it. But some didnâ€™t.
These five stories are about the women who didnâ€™t.
A teenage bride sees her future mirrored in Circeâ€™s twisted face. A womanâ€™s tragic life serves as a warning about the dangers of too much maternal devotion. And the lives of two women intersect during two birthday parties, changing both of them. These and other moving tales of strength, discovery, and hope are about our mothers and grandmothers and the lessons their lives have to teach us.