Shadows of Olive Trees



Before the #MeToo movement, there was the 1970s and three girls – Tessa. Athena, Jenny looking for love, best friends, and what they want to be. Breaking traditional roles, there are challenges from parents, church, school. But there’s college and new freedoms, except that can be dangerous.

The 1970’s is the decade of the second rise of feminism with the first test tube baby. The first women’s refuge. Germain Greer’s feminist book ‘The Female Eunuch’ (1970) advocating women’s control of their own bodies and choices. The battle for contraception, education, equal rights. It is the time when International Women’s Year is declared by the United Nations. (1975). 

A story of love, best friends and search for identity. Shadows of Olive Trees is the lived experience of the author as a young adult in the 1970’s with her friends. It’s a time of enormous creativity, challenges and search for identity. 


“Status ought not to be measured by a woman’s ability to attract and snare a man.”
― Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

“It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the limitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should reject them: the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.”
― Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
 Gloria Steinem

“He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.”
― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

“I am a Woman
Phenomenal Woman,
that’s me.”
― Maya Angelou