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“I thank you for your work. You are pushing forward the issues of freedom and choice. What a wonderful validation for those of us who took a different path.” – Janet, Goleta, CA
A Womb with a View
The issue of not having children is explored through the lives of several women. Some made the choice while others evolved to it. Societal pressures can lead to alienation for women who do not become mothers. How inherent is the role of motherhood to the value of a woman’s worth?
You will meet MaryEllen who had a hysterectomy at the age of 39 after years of trying to have children. Judith, a writer, made the choice to not have children resulting in the end of her marriage. You’ll hear the story of Katherine who, after having an abortion found out that she had a limited time to conceive at all. Sandya, a surgeon, left India and the constraints of her arranged marriage to find her own happiness…without becoming a mother. Lori, a caregiver for her elderly grandmother for eight years, is worried that she has run out of time at the age of 38. Emily, a Director of Sesame St. for over 25 years, worked with children every day but has always remained very happy with her own choice to not have a child. These are just a few of the 18 women who are examined.
No story is the same but all are deeply compelling and relevant. The topic is explored through the experiences of each woman profiled. In doing so, a new perspective is offered to define these women in our society. Questions are examined such as Is a woman ‘less’ if she does not become a mother? Is a woman selfish if she does not have a child? Is it essential for a woman to have a child? Are we conditioned to procreate from society? Is there a moral protocol to bear children?
A Womb with a View intends to invite the audience to get to know these women so that their choice is better understood. The motives and reasons behind their choice or circumstance are eye opening. It is without judgment or shame that their sacred stories are opened for you.