Fonda’s life illustrates the deeply ingrained drive of all people who survive into adulthood to try to emulate the caregivers who succored them as babies by later on "making it better" in some way. Jane’s tenacious personality, not discounting the later neglect she experienced by both parents, must have stemmed from someone’s devoted nurturance in early infancy. This toughness is exemplified in her selection, as a belated transitional object, of her older sister’s English saddle, the cleaning and preservation of which she took on when she was 11. The need to make it better did not diminish as she grew older and was transferred onto people—her spouses and their offspring, as well as her own children. Fonda’s account shows how still later this nurturance has become an abiding calling, being invested into helping impoverished young girls and teenagers avoid teen pregnancy.