The Girls Who Went Away

A remarkable work of social history, The Girls Who Went Away follows artist Ann Fessler as she comes to terms with her history as an adoptee and, in doing so, opens up a space for the teenage mothers who had to give up their children to find her and finally tell their stories. Alternating between factual research and oral history, Fessler dives into the untold stories of so many women who were forced into the choice of giving up their children due to the strength of social stigma.

The girls who went away : the hidden history of women who surrendered children for adoption in the decades before Roe v. Wade

Ann Fessler, an artist and adoptee, combines her work and personal history by interviewing women who had to give up their children in the years before the Roe vs. Wade decision. Fessler lets these women tell their stories for the first time and illuminates the social history that created the circumstances for so many women to be pressured to give up their children in the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies.