Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences

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The immediate post-WWII era was a time of great transition and difficulty for many younger women. Among these difficulties for teenage women just graduating from high school loomed key vocational choices. Typically, these choices involved either taking up the traditional gender track role as housewife and mother, or going to college, postponing marriage, and developing a professional career. Although there have been studies investigating such circumstances, little attention has been given to the individual emotional aspects of this difficult vocational journey. In response to this void, this descriptive study seeks to gain deeper insight into the vocational struggles of one particular Midwest teenage woman in the immediate postwar era through the examination of her personal diaries.