This reader is delighted at what I found between the covers of this book..this is not written to garner sympathy or support, it is written to help people and women in general understand the inherent difficulties of having a life-long passion and expertise in a field of endeavor as difficult and time consuming as science, and be a woman, a wife twice over, a mother and a friend ... without having either of the two consummate loves of her life suffer.
Author Laura L. Mays Hoopes pulls no theoretical punches, she is as honest about her own needs and desires, her fears and her weaknesses as she is about the opposing forces that conspired albeit unknowingly or deliberately to force her to choose one or the other.
Folks kept telling her that combining both a high powered and demanding career with a family, was not possible for a woman. Society had such different expectations of the female gender in the late 1950's and early 1960's.
The world has changed and attitudes along with it. Woman are now unapologetically leaders in every field of endeavor.