Last but not least Virgina Woolf

21 Apr

Virginia Woolf’s A room of one’s own, is an amazing accomplishment to see how far women have come.  Woolf  demonstrates the horrible way women were treated, and acknowleges women writers that helped contribute the idea of equality.  Woolf described how men basically thought women were not considered “persons”, until later on in life and still was a battle for Woolf herself, even though some improvements were made.

She helped women inspire to be the best of their potential and I think this message is not only for women, but for everyone in general.  In chapter one, she states how women were addressed or described by men in various ways satirizing the subject.  “The title women and fiction might mean, and you may have meant it to mean, women and whay they are like, or it might mean women and the fiction that they write; or it might mean women and the fiction that is written about them, or it might mean that somehow all three are inextricably mixed together and you want me consider them in that light.”  I believe her clear statements such as this one, really gave women the light and in general to see the discrepencies that past and present women were dealing with.

One can learn a lot through her mentioning female writers of the past and  how they contributed to the idea of equality for women.  The second chapter Woolf really gave an example that women were poor and had to improvise for income.  When Woolf mentions Lady Stephen, Emily Davies and Girton college ” she mentions that they were in “poverty of our sex” and writes in chapter two: “It was disappointing not to have brought back in the evening some important statement, some authentic fact.  Women are poorer than men because this or that.. perhaps now it would be better to draw to give up seeking for the truth, and recieving on one’s head an avalanche of opinion hot as lava, discoloured as dish water.”  Chapter three does give a good statment that women were financially ruined because they were women.  Woolf not only shows examples of women suffering, she shows the ideas of  the patrirach and what men precieved women to be.

In the end Virginia Woolf, helped reveal the women writers that plowed the way for women rights to happen and rightfully so. She contributes them in “A Room of One’s Own, and people like myself can see and value women writers of the past and help give an understanding that each of them in their own way stepped outside their role in a  patriachal society as a women and contributed to educating the public about the gender discrepencies, just like Woolf has demonstrated.

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