Stella Dallas (1937): judgement and compulsory motherhood
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I haven’t read Stella Dallas (the novel) but it sounds like your review captures the spirit of what I’ve read about the book. They say Olive Higgins Prouty was addressing mother shaming and how unfair it is. Everything is skewed against Stella — and you make a good point about the sacrifices she’s expected to make because she is a mother. Meanwhile, the father doesn’t appear to be doing much sacrificing…

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