Women in All Centuries

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English 101
Women in all Centuries
For centuries, women have struggled for their rights to become equal with men. Gender and culture plays a vital role in the life of women. Lee A. Jacobus gives a background on Virgina Woolf’s life as a daughter of two well-educated parents. Virginia Woolf’s Shakespeare’s Sister . However after reading her story I found out that rights have been assumed but they have also been taken away. Women during Virginia Woolf time and nowadays have some similar aspects, and that’s similarity makes some people believe that women still don’t have the right to say so, and participate in the society. According to Lee A. Jacoubus, Adeline Virginia Woolf was born on (January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. Virginia's father, Sir Leslie Stephen (1832–1904), was a notable historian, author, critic and mountaineer. He was the editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, a work that would influence Woolf's later experimental biographies. Virginia’s mother Julia Stephen (1846–1895) was a renowned beauty, born in India to Dr. John and Maria Pattle Jackson. She was also the niece of Julia Margaret Cameron née Pattle the famous photographer. As we see, Virginia came from an educated family, but that did not stop the society to look at her as a woman who doesn’t have the right to speak and express her feeling. Virginia’s life was cut short by suicide, her role radicalism, along with the personal relationships in her life, influenced her mythical works, I think she is the true example of every harder makes you stronger. Her hard life, plus all the things she went through and the little opportunity she had in the sixteenth century did not stop her to be famous and transfer her words to the people. Woolf believed in herself “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people”. (Virginia Woolf )

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