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The details of each woman's life reflect the larger issues of many women's lives. Three generations raised children as single mothers. Two were young widows. Two of us, unexpectedly alone, learned to run our husband's businesses successfully. While sorting through accumulated documents, I discovered the journals in which my great-grandmother recorded her thoughts over a sixty-year period. She expresses deep love for her husband, joy and sorrow on the births and deaths of children, and bewilderment at changes like the coming of the automobile. My grandmother was a suffragette who later was elected to public office. My mother was Society Editor of a city newspaper before the women's movement changed the rules of society. My own life has taken many unexpected turns including developing a new career in midlife. My daughter, Sarah, now in her 20s, honors the past by working to preserve historic architecture in Boston.

 

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