Ann Fessler, artist and adoptee of the same era, came into contact with some birth mothers who began to tell her their stories. She realized this was a story--a hidden history--that the nation needed to hear, and she began researching. Hundreds of women who came forward, ready to describe what happened to them, to dispel the myths society had placed on them as dirty, licentious teens, and to hopefully make contact with their relinquished children (more than half of the women who participated have successfully found their lost children).
First came the book, The Girls Who Went Away (pictured above), and soon Fessler will release a film based on the book. She has done amazing work archiving these women's voices, making sure this history doesn't stay hidden. She visited Pitt last month to show her film-in-progress and meet with our Adoption Culture class. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to meet her and sit down for an interview, which is published in the latest issue of Hot Metal Bridge.
For more about the phenomenon of Girls Who Went Away, click here.