Reprinted with permission from Creators.
In 1989, first lady Barbara Bush publicly disclosed that she had struggled with depression after her children had grown. The women’s movement, she added, was a contributing factor.
“I believe it made me feel inadequate. I’m not quite sure how. You were made to feel demeaned a bit.”
The following year, she was invited to deliver the commencement address at the all-female Wellesley College. This didn’t sit well with the 150 seniors who signed a petition in protest:
“To honor Barbara Bush as a commencement speaker is to honor a woman who has gained recognition through the achievements of her husband, which contravenes what we have been taught over the last four years at Wellesley.”
I never thought Barbara Bush would remind me of my working-class mother, but there it is.…