“Pilgrimage,” Nelson Bond, 1939 – An ambitious young girl in a matriarchal society rejects the three career options of warrior, mother, and worker and demands that she be trained as the next leader. However, this requires her to go on a pilgrimage through dangerous man-filled woods to view something known as “Mt. Rushmore.” Along the way, she encounters a boy who tries to explain the “downfall” of civilization.
Comments: Read in Great Science Fiction Stories of 1939. Interesting for its strong female characters and the handling of the historicity of the artifacts from the girl’s point of view, such as Rushmore. Also, another story from this period that shows a concern for the “sterility of the race.”
Author: Wikipedia: “Nelson Slade Bond (November 23, 1908, Scranton, Pennsylvania – November 6, 2006, Roanoke, Virginia) was an American author who wrote extensively for books, magazines, radio, television and the stage.”