• Education for women has not always been accessible
    • Many women were placed into the role of educator because they were not seen as having any other skill sets worthy of the workforce, nor were they wanted in the workforce by their male spouses or their fathers.
    • Literacy and reading greatly affected the role they were able to play when compared to male citizens.
    • There are books out there featuring women, but the women portrayed are not always realistic representations for the reader.
    • Depictions of women in literature such as damsels in distress and femme fatales are what men see women as. They are images of women rather than the true embodiment of women.
    • True role models can be found not only in the characters found in literature, but the women who wrote the “rich female experience.”
    • Cornelia Bradford
      • Succeeded her husband in 1742 at American Weekly Mercury
      • Needed little aid to make the newspaper a success
      • Immersed herself in all aspects of publishing including typesetting, story selection,solicitation, and advertising.
    • Mary Goddard
      • First to publish the Declaration of Independence in 1777
      • Gained this honor after recognition for excellent printing and publishing from 1774-1784 of The Maryland Journal, her brother’s newspaper
    • Elizabeth Mallet
      • Founder of a publication without any familial influence
      • Began the Daily Current in 1702 and with her partner Samuel Buckley became known for journalistic integrity for 30 years.
    • The exclusion of the above ladies from publishing books causes one to wonder if the exclusion is solely due to gender and what their limited recognition did to the material produced throughout history.
      • “The final two decades of the Victorian era witnessed the beginning of a shift in social attitudes regarding gender relations.”-Dr.Andrzej Diniejko
      • The literature that corresponds with the movements, the author focused on “highlighting her [his] own aspirations, but also served as a mirror to reflect the attitudes of society [and the female reader].

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