Ann Fessler, author of The Girls Who Went Away is coming to UIS on Thursday, March 21st at 7pm for a film screening and discussion about the documentary she produced and directed, A Girl Like Her in Brookens Auditorium. A reception will immediately follow the screening and discussion (Light refreshments will be provided). The ECCE event is being co-sponsored by: Friends of Brookens Library, UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIS Women & Gender Studies, UIS Sociology/Anthropology & UIS History.
This is a great event for students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!
Film Synopsis – retrieved from agirllikeher.com
A GIRL LIKE HER reveals the hidden history of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth, surrender their children, and return home alone. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, does a woman forget her child?
The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels of the time period about dating, sex, “illegitimate” pregnancy, and adoption—that both reflected and shaped the public’s understanding of single pregnancy during that time—with the voices of these mothers as they speak today, with hindsight, about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.
For more information about the film please visit: www.agirllikeher.com