Turning Points in Women's Lives is a compilation of 41 stories by women, born in the early 20th century and w living in a retirement community in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each author tells how she was influenced by a person(s) or event 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; socioecomic - 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.