"It didn't happen to nice girls," one voice remembers. "But nice girls do get pregnant". The voices of a hidden history, one that affected over a million women, are relayed anonymously. They are the stories of women who became pregnant, were banished to maternity homes, and forced to "surrender" their babies for adoption. These are women who have experienced trauma. Their candid accounts are accompanied by archive footage from the time: from TV ads to educational films, which provide a stark contrast to the very real experiences we are told.
These women are given back the voice that was taken from them the moment they fell pregnant. Hidden away, a recurring question dominated: "What am I going to tell the neighbours?" Their memories are marked by this shame, and by sorrow and loss. "I was in no way prepared for how desperately I wanted to hold that child," one woman utters. Yet they always returned home alone and completely ostracized. "It was over for you", one voice explains matter-of-factly.
Struggling to control feelings of anger, powerlessness and deep sadness, these women still battle with past traumas: "I had my 70th birthday not too long ago", one woman says, "so it still colours my life". Despite some successes elsewhere, how this has defined their lives and controls every part of their existence is unavoidable. "I can't tell you how many people say: aren't you ever going to get over it?", one voice says with a trembling determination, "You never get over this".
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