Graduation Day, June 1972 – that pivotal event is a good starting place. How did a 36 year old mother of three end up on this stage? I tell a detailed version of the story in Pushing Boundaries . Influenced by Betty Fridan’s new book, The Feminine Mystique, and a need to find myself, I decided to go back to college. Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross was a small Catholic girls college that reminded me of my elementary school days when I boarded at Sacred Heart Academy in Belmont, NC. It seemed like a safe haven - a quiet place for prayer. I called that wrong. It was safe – but it was not isolated from the social and political turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s – when women were finding their voice and students were active in political protests against the Vietnam War. There was not a quiet college campus in the United States as students nationwide joined in. As I emerged from my kitchen into the world I first became involved in the anti-war movement. Then a new Women’s Studies class at Dunbarton opened my eyes to women's issues. Soon I was attending NOW gatherings and meeting weekly with a women's Conscious Raising Group. I found my real niche as an activist in the women artists movement.
|Karen, Robin, Mom, the graduate, and Jimmy|| |