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My Voice: Becoming My Mother’s Daughter

I am a DES Daughter. DES—diethylstilbestrol—was a synthetic estrogen prescribed to millions of pregnant women, from about 1940 to the early 1970s, in the mistaken belief the drug prevented miscarriage and ensured a healthy pregnancy. Instead, DES harmed the mothers who were prescribed it, their…... » Read more

Songs My Mother Didn’t Teach Me

¶ ¶ Gale Stubbs McClung ’45 served as editor of the Alumnae Quarterly from 1962 to 1989. The following essay was one of nearly two dozen published in the Quarterly in the winter 1990 issue in response to a call for articles from alumnae on the meaning of…... » Read more

My Voice: On Hearing, in Fragments

Growing up, I never knew what was happening onscreen when I went to the movies. As I sat beside my friends, I would mimic their reactions—laughing when they laughed, calling up a tear at the moment in My Girl when I finally realized the boy…... » Read more

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My Voice: On Finding My Strength and Myself

The hype-fueled music blasted through the theatre in Boston as I adjusted the straps on my bikini. I reached down and fixed my heels (praying I wouldn’t trip), took a deep breath, and walked out toward the judges, who would literally be judging me for…... » Read more