This paper will discuss the well-published work of, Pomeroy, Sarah B. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity. New York: Schocken, 1975. Print. Sarah B. Pomeroy uses this book to educate others about the role women have played throughout ancient history. Pomeroy uses a timeline to go through each role, starting with mythological women, who were called Goddesses.
After reading the novel Revolutionary Mothers I have gained significant knowledge and a better grasp of the Revolutionary war. Carol Berkin 's purpose in writing this book was a simple one: Presenting a series of lenses of various raced women and how they affected and were effected by the Revolutionary War. She presents how women of every skin color was a major factor during the war and ultimately in aiding the formation of our nation. A major difference between this novel and what I have previously learned is that this novel magnifies contributions women have made for this country. Furthermore the textbooks that I read once in class greatly minimize those contributions and just give a broad overview of them.
In the historical fiction novel, Anna of Byzantium, written by Tracy Barrett, the author acknowledges that the grandmother, Anna Dalassena, influences Anna Commena in the way she acts and thinks. The author demonstrates this influence in the following quote, “I’m sorry mother,” I said. “I will need my grandmother to help me rule when I become empress” (Barrett 54). In the novel, the grandmother and the mother force Anna to choose either the grandmother or the mother, and Anna ultimately goes with the grandmother. During grandmother’s teachings, she overwhelms Anna with the fantasies of wealth and power and instills a growing influence in Anna.
In her essay, “The Importance of Work,” from The Feminine Mystique published in 1963, Betty Friedan confronts American women’s search for identity. Throughout the novel, Betty Friedan breaks new ground, concocting the idea that women can discover personal fulfillment by straying away from their original roles. Friedan ponders on the idea that The Feminine Mystique is the cause for a vast majority of women during that time period to feel confined by their occupations around the house; therefore, restricting them from discovering who they are as women. Friedan’s novel is well known for creating a different kind of feminism and rousing various women across the nation. In 1942, Friedan graduated from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and took off to New York City to fulfill her dream of becoming a reporter.
Authors, especially female authors, have long used their writing to emphasize and analyze the feminist issues that characterize society, both in the past and the present. Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Susan Glaspell wrote narratives that best examined feminist movements through the unreliable minds of their characters. In all three stories, “The Story of an Hour”, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and “A Jury of Her Peers”, the authors use characterization, symbolism, and foreshadowing to describe the characters’ apparent psychosis or unreasonable behavior to shed light on the social issues that characterized the late 19th century and early 20th century. Penning many stories that demonstrate her opinions on the social issues of the era,
In The Myth of Seneca Falls, Lisa Tetrault challenges an enduring myth that was produced by a social movement in the United States. While including detailed facts of the women’s suffrage movement, she also analyzes the truths and myths of the Seneca Falls convention. This is so important because this is possibly one of the longest lasting mythologies in U.s history. Her primary goal is to undo the story and along with the memories to determine how and why these events came to be the myth of Seneca Falls. While Lisa Tetrault analyzes the myth of Seneca Falls she allows the reader to learn about the event as well.
On top of these accomplishments, she was also an established writer and nurse. Sanger also coined the term “birth control,” established what is now known as Planned Parenthood, and was extremely influential in creating a public dialogue about women’s reproductive rights. Sanger was an unconventional figure in activism because her goal was to obtain society’s support for contraception. Previously, not only was birth control illegal, it wasn't even spoken of, treated as a taboo topic by most people. To change this, she founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, and just two years later her Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau opened.
Raised only by her mother, Octavia E. Butler was born into a strict Baptist environment in 1947. Today Butler is a notable writer, predominantly known for her works in science fiction. Butler’s upbringing helped shape and influence her writing by creating imaginative character portrayals of minority or female roles to portray gaps which she saw in society. Throughout Butler’s life, she struggled overcoming numerous obstacles. Although Butler’s mother did not want her to become a writer, she had to follow her passion.
Social constructs from the eighteen-hundreds exploded into several pieces with Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Eighteen-hundreds feminism ideas are presented and being as mid sentiments of women’s empowerment, but then become blatantly obvious later in the story when Edna starts her ‘awakening. Though it is arguable whether Edna was a selfish person who just chose to kill herself or an example of an early feminist, the book definitely did destroy some social constructs of that era. The Awakening contains great information about how gender relationships in the Victorian era was, and by the first detailing of the setting it is able to define its feminine response. One could suggest that Chopin is ahead of her time and indeed a Victorian feminist,
This thesis will be dealing with the life and work of two most prominent women writers of the 19th and 20th century, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath. For better understanding of complex topics their work reflects, I will describe important events from their biographies. Although Dickinson and Plath lived in two different centuries they were connected by a common thread, the position of women in the male-dominated world. Not only that they wanted for women to have the same rights as men, but also to be free from the roles of housewives and mothers which were imposed on them by a conservative society. They fought for these rights in only way they could, by writing.