Letter to the Barnard Bulletin, Zena Shapiro, December 14, 1971, page 2

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whqt values they wanted to transmit or what goals they wanted

their ciildren to reach, intelligent woman found motherhood

just a :13 boring set of repetitive tasks. They began to flee from
their children and Join the men in the "real" outside world...

To diminish the importance of motherhood and to deny its unique
responsibilities is only to generate more guilt and confusion.
Rather than exile the mother from the home, the effort should

be to draw the father into it and into a more active family role."

In our complex and greatly fragmented society how many young puoéle
do, in fact, have the opportunity to see a child born, suckled

and "hand-reared” by its mother? In an age when we are so
concerned with ecology, with the uninterrupted natural cycle

of our environment, should we not invest some effort in helping
young women to deal with, explore and experience the functions

granted by nature rather than deny and avoid them?

There are many ironic dimensions to the liberated woman's flight
from home and the close relationships embodied there, especially
striking in an era when our culture is going to such devious
ends to find intimacy, when encounter methods and all manner

of social manipulation dominate the scene. Young women, aft the
flhighest levels of our culture, have been pushed, st one time
rather subtly, now, more and more openly, to scorn the simple
human fulfillment involved in mothering. This, allegedly, in
the name of the greater social good. D. W. Winnicctt, the
eminent British pediatrician and child psychiatrist, in his
introduction to "The Child, The Family and the Outside World",

remarks: "I am drying to draw attention to the immense