This book gives a space for the voices of women who are rarely heard. They are high-school students, or young workers from low-income backgrounds, and they have all grown up and still live in rural areas around France. Those of them who work are generally employed in jobs at the bottom of the wage hierarchy, even when their education would allow them to aspire to a "better" position.
Through a study conducted in the Deux-Sèvres, the Ardennes, the Crozon peninsula and the Chartreuse mountains, Yaëlle Amsellem-Mainguy set out to meet young women whose lives may appear unproblematic and yet who are fully confronted by the major economic, social, and political issues of the country. These “local girls” recount their everyday lives, their family relations, their love lives, and their friendships that come and go. They share the importance of reputation and respectability, the need to have a network and be able to adapt in the face of their remoteness from big cities and the decline of local services. They describe their experiences at school, their dreams and expectations for the future, and the question they have all faced since adolescence – should I stay, or should I leave?