‘My Own Front Door’ Remembering the 1950s

  • Stephanie Spencer


This final chapter discusses a series of twenty-three interviews with women who left school between 1956 and 1960 in conjunction with already published autobiographical texts. This cohort of women have been the subject of this book, yet in several chapters the voices of the girls themselves have been absent. Discussion has focused on the likely influences available to them on the point of school leaving as they made decisions about their future careers. With the exception of Thelma Veness’s sociological research, source material does not lend itself to a qualitative exploration of girls’ own observations.2 In 1962 Veness asked school leavers to describe their lives by imagining themselves at retirement. I could not ask those girls what ‘really’ happened, there are no records of who they were. However, I was in a position to ask women of that age group to talk about their memories of adolescence.


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© Stephanie Spencer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie Spencer
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  1. 1.University College WinchesterUK

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