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Of Woman Born -- The conclusion of Motherhood In Of Woman Born, Adrienne Rich effectively weaves her own story into a persuasive account of what it intends to be a mother within the bonds of patriarchal tradition. Her conclusion that the establishment of motherhood, which she distinguishes from motherhood, must be destroyed as a way to release the creation and sustenance of life into the same realm of conclusion, struggle, surprise, imagination, and conscious intelligence, as every other difficult, but freely chosen job is substantiated by her courageous confession that contradicts culturally normative thoughts of motherhood. Allowing readers to glance her own story as she reluctantly evaluates her role as mom side by side with historic accounts of different women's experiences gives an avenue for understanding that leads to compassion. By the last chapter, instead of falling into the expected snare of revulsion toward Joanne Michulski's heinous crime, Rich's empathy provides the reader with the insight to comprehend both the intricacy of Michulski's situation and to sense comp...