What is feminism? It is said that English is one of the few languages that lack words association with gender. I am forced to disagree. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf has shown me that feminism is demonstrated in the English language. Men and women interpret it differently. Woolf explains that this division in thought in not necessarily beneficial. In her essay, Woolf calls women to action. To invent, discover, write. The beauty in this calling however; is that she does it without a hint of prejudice or premonition. Instead it is her impartiality that shows her quest for equality.
This is why I recommend this book not only to women, not only to adults, not only to scholars. “A Room of One’s Own” is an essay that will move anyone’s thoughts, regardless of gender. Virginia Woolf’s essay is centered in a rather subtle thesis. She says that women must have money and private space to develop their writing. The author narrates her investigation of this thesis and through it creates a memoir not only of herself but of female writers. Her ability to call women into action with glorification but expectation amazes me. “But I maintain that she would come if we worked for her, and that so to work, even in poverty and obscurity, is worthwhile.” All women need is a room to themselves; it is time for them to get to work.
I recommend this book as a favorite to any writer. It is an essay to have on a shelf and look back to when in doubt. I realized one could scan through any page and find encouraging advice. It is different than any feminist approach. I had also categorized it as gender based, rebellious, and defensive. In the end it proved to be far better.