Meet The Audience
I personally believe that the most withering comment Anne ever made and the one that Elly took the worst was when she said that some women enjoy being mothers while some (by which she meant Elly) don't. Elly, you see, is a woman who thinks that she enjoys being a wife and mother far more than she actually does.
The reason that I mention this is that I believe that mothers who resent being mothers but pretend otherwise are who the strip is really for. Not only did she used to get fan mail that validated Elly's discomfort with her lot in life, the end game also hinted broadly at it. I will explain why next time.