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“The Problem”

.::. April 2011 .::. American Lit. II .::. Abigail Morris .::.

The “Problem”

            In the 1920s the fight for women’s rights made the journey from England to America. The women of both nations had begun raising their voices in determined, resentful, and angry tones. They had suffered more than enough through their place near the bottom of “civilized” society.  A male child held a higher value than his oppressed mother because he could at least become something in life. Women had to fight tradition, narrow-mindedness, and even religion to gain the vote, a right to higher education, any sense of gender equality, and enough freedom to finally discover who they were rather than being stuck with what they were—mother, wife, daughter. The onset of World War II eased the pain of daily life for many women who found themselves having to pick up the pieces of a nation suddenly emptied of its male workforce. The women were finally able to pursue non-domestic occupations without fear or regret. However, once the war had ended and the remaining men returned stateside the women were forced back into the homes they had only just escaped from. Continue reading

Screaming in Ink

.::. 1-27-11 .::. Women’s Literature Eng. 241 .::. Abigail Morris .::.

Screaming In Ink: The Evolution of Literature by Women

            Virginia Woolf wrote “A Room of One’s Own” in England 1929, and bell hooks wrote “Talking Back” sixty years later (1989) in America; though separated by generations and the Atlantic, both women shared not only the need to write in general, but also the opportunity to share their insights on the plight of their sex as workers, writers, and individuals with a world of other women brimming with potential and sympathetic men eager for change. Each woman, in her own way, offers her audience the tragic tale of beings, noble and brilliant as any male members of their species, suffering the indignities of coerced silence and the imposition of the “right speech of womanhood” (hooks 73). The women of both periods had been bred to be obedient and keep out of men’s affairs—including, but not limited to, writing Continue reading