Introduction: Female and Fertile in the Fifties
Sally Brown and Brenda Johnson both became pregnant in 1957. Both girls waited desperately for periods that never came. Both worried about angry parents, disloyal boyfriends, and the knowing looks of classmates. Within the year, Sally and Brenda both became unwed mothers . There were limits, however, to what Sallyand Brenda shared. In fact, the two girls were separated by race most effectively and more enduringly than by the private burdens of their unwed pregnancies.