The Female Persuasion

by

Meg Wolitzer

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Senator Annie McCauley Character Analysis

A senator in Indiana who has become famous for her staunch pro-life stance. It is revealed through a flashback that Faith Frank and Annie were once friends who travelled out to Las Vegas together to explore the country. After Annie underwent a botched abortion, she was shamed by emergency room nurses and doctors and was berated for being promiscuous. Annie eventually got married and moved to the Midwest, where her politics—which had once been feminist and liberal, like Faith’s—underwent a big change.
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Senator Annie McCauley Character Timeline in The Female Persuasion

The timeline below shows where the character Senator Annie McCauley appears in The Female Persuasion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...began to shift for Faith. Kennedy was assassinated, and she and her friend from school, Annie, became more politically minded and desirous of independence. After graduation, Faith announced to her parents... (full context)
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Over the next several months, Faith became involved with a trumpet player, and Annie took up with a comedian. One day, Annie missed her period and tearfully confided in... (full context)
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Later that night, Annie began bleeding heavily. Faith took her to the emergency room, where the nurses and doctors,... (full context)
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...not. However, she realizes that there have been a series of small realizations, and that Annie’s struggle to secure a safe abortion was one of them. (full context)
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In 1966, Faith and Annie were sharing a tiny apartment in Greenwich Village. They felt like two audience members who... (full context)
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...complaints about being silenced and underestimated that she herself did. As Faith shared her story—and Annie’s—with these women, they all rallied around the desire to stop letting men make their decisions.... (full context)
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...her first meeting with the women’s group, Faith returned home to her apartment and told Annie about the meeting. When Faith revealed that she had mentioned Annie’s abortion, Annie expressed her... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Annie now goes by Anne McCauley and has become an outspoken conservative political figure in Indiana.... (full context)