Book on “Turning Points in Women’s Lives” Subject of May APW Luncheon

Turning_PointsPlease join the Albuquerque Press Women on May 13 at 11:45 a.m. for lunch and a discussion of how two local authors research and compiled a book on the lives of local women.  The book Turning Points in Women’s Lives” is a compilation of 41 stories by women, born in the early 20th century and now living at La Vida Llena, a retirement community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Researched and compiled by Susan Cho and Shirley Patterson, the book allows the women to explain how she was influenced by people or events that played a significant role in her life and gave direction to who she became.

Each woman survived, persevered and came to terms with her one life in her own unique way.  This book is marked by extraordinary diversity:  geographic — born in every corner of the United States; demographic – some from large cities, others from farming communities; socioeconomic – from comfortable middle-class homes, others affected by the Great Depression; cultural – Caucasian, Native American, Hispanic, European.  The historical context of the times – World War II, the 1950s and ‘60s, the sexual revolution, the electronic age — influenced the direction and opportunities open to these 70, 80 and 90 year olds.

Shirley Patterson, a native West Texan who provided the groundwork for this book, earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  For 33 years she taught Gerontology, Social Work Practice, and Death and Dying in graduate schools of Social Work at the University of Kansas and Arizona State University.  Dr. Patterson conducted seminal research in “Natural Helping” with Hispanics, Native American and Caucasians and published extensively.  Early in her career she worked in Topeka, Kansas, with families displaced through Urban Renewal and directed Crosslines Family Counseling Center, a War on Poverty Program in Kansas City, Kansas.

Susan Cho is a native southern Californian born in 1943. She earned an M.S.W. degree from Arizona State University (1970).  Her 40-year career as a professional social worker in mental health and Family Practice medical education in Kansas and Arizona and aging herself gives her a special perspective on growing older that aided in developing the vision of this book.   Lured by the special light and landscape of New Mexico she retired and moved to La Vida Llena (LVL), a retirement community in Albuquerque, in 2006.  Susan participated in the development of the Gathering of Women and co-edited this book.

The lunch meeting will be held at the MCM Eleganté, 2020 Menaul NE.  Cost of the lunch is $15 for members and $21 for non-members.  To make a reservation, please email presswomen@yahoo.com or call (505) 720-7821 by May 10.