In Search For Women's Rights

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In the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries, women’s rights was a hot topic. Virginia Woolf and Alice Walker are two women with two views that somewhat agree about this topic, with the goal of finding a way to use the limited resources that they have for the good of others. They particularly use women of their time period as the major examples in their essays. But it all comes down to this. Walker in her essay “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” agrees with Woolf that women’s abilities were scarce and that we need to look harder for their contributions, along with challenging Woolf’s writing of “In Search of a Room of One’s Own” that women in her day were able to use them more efficiently than in Woolf’s day in her mother’s garden.…show more content…
Woolf believe that women were incapable and had to be brought back (mentally) with help of some kind. She states that “what one must do to bring her to life was to think poetically and prosaically at one and the same moment, thus keeping in touch with fact that she is a vessel in which all sorts of spirits and forces are coursing and flashing perpetually” (Woolf 456). This sentence was used in response to a monster that might have had to be used to awaken women to catch them up with the times that they were living in. In this sense, if they tried “this method with the Elizabethan woman, one branch of illumination fails” (Woolf 456). In other words, if they would’ve tried to be like the men, they would have failed miserably and in some cases embarrassed themselves in front of society. Walker, in a way, contradicts Woolf when she wrote that “during the ‘working’ day, her mother “labored beside – not behind – my father in the fields” (Walker 435). Here she states that her mother was unashamed to work in the fields. She couldn’t bear to have him work alone. She was unashamed, but it’s hard to imagine what women had to go through during this time in…show more content…
In Walker’s essay “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens,” there are some points where she agrees with Woolf in that women’s abilities and resources of materials was scarce. But Walker challenges Woolf’s writing of “In Search of a Room of One’s Own” that women in her day were able to use them more efficiently than in Woolf’s day with her mother’s garden. Woolf points out that it would be incapable for women to write if they don’t make an impact. Walker points out that her mother did a garden no matter what people thought about her and that art in some cases is a daily part of life for some women. We need to care for the fact that women are having trouble even today with being limited in what they can do. These two views surely help with the cause. But most importantly, it shows what some can do when nobody sees it, doesn’t give them credit, and yet be impactful to the ones who see their trial and
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