Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought


In her trajectory from sheltered, unmarried middle-class woman to mature rational adult capable of fending for herself on the streets of London, Vera Brittain marks the power of work, even with its inherent restrictions, to negotiate and survive trauma. Work, the speaking out in public about the issues—the sexual, physical, emotional, and intellectual jeopardy of women sparked by keeping them ignorant, liable to break under the shocks they experienced, was the only way to break the cycle and integrate the trauma into a survivable narrative.