This moving and provocative study explores why woman-to-woman psychotherapy is so powerfully transforming. At its core is the archetype of the mother-daughter relationship. Under the millennia of patriarchy, women have historically been alienated from their mothers, and consequently from themselves, from their own empowered femininity. With insight and understanding, Beane Rutter connects the practices, myths, and archetypal images of cultures past and present to the life experiences, dreams, and therapeutic processes of three contemporary women. She traces the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey of the “cultural heroine” who, through her individual transformation, healing, and self-awareness, courageously takes up the task of all women.