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In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States Paperback – March 9, 1999
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Jill Ker Conway was born in Hillston, New South Wales, Australia, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1958, and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969. In 1962 she married John Conway and moved with him to his native Canada. From 1964 to 1975 she taught at the University of Toronto, where she was also Vice President, before going to Smith College. Since 1985 she has been a visiting scholar and professor in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. She serves on the boards of Nike, Merrill Lynch, and Colgate-Palmolive, and as Chairman of Lend Lease Corporation. She lives in Boston.
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~ Jill Ker Conway
This is a fascinating book. I did not read it straight through, just randomly moved from one memoir to the next. Jill Ker Conway (who also wrote a series of books about her own life) has collected some wonderful stories. These are women who came of age in the middle of the twentieth century, and have at least as much to say about the world as the feminist writers we’ve all heard about. Their heartbreaking (and sometimes triumphant) life stories, and the ways in which they overcome the barriers they came up against (or not) are gripping. Many of these women also tell the stories of their mothers; the tension between the generations will be familiar to any woman of a certain age.