A letter from 1957 — handwritten by a 22-year-old woman to her unborn daughter — reveals a secret. In loopy handwriting, the writer describes her hopes and dreams striated by cultural norms and society’s tensions. “I wonder, and will do so when you are my age and when your daughter is my age – I’ll wonder ‘what if…'” That woman was my mother.
Fast forward to my own 22-year-old daughter, for whom career and life experience take priority over marriage. We empathize with the generations who came before BOTH of us. To my daughter when she wonders is a story of five generations of women, parent-child communications and what it is to be female in an analogue turned digital world.
Susan has held producer/director roles at LA’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, Christie’s, and “Bloomberg EDU.”
Susan mentors students in photography and writing. She sits on the Grants Advisory Committee for the New York Women’s Foundation and has been a coach for Do Something and The Future Project.