Finding A Room of One's Own

Finding A Room Of One’s Own

    Not so long ago, women who wanted to express their voice through writing had many obstacles to overcome. Publishers rarely accepted writing from women, causing many women to submit their work anonymously or they had to use pseudonyms. But that was for the lucky who actually had something to submit because they found the place and time to live their dreams.

    Imagine not having your own personal space to actually sit down away from all of the daily happenings and write what was weighing on your mind.  Think of a day so filled with things to do and those around you assuming that you wouldn't need a quiet space to think, imagine and write. Virginia Woolf, in her essay A Room of One's Own, paints a vivid picture of the struggle women have been trying to overcome in world societies that have built-in gender obstacles and assumptions on women's capabilities.

    A Room of One's Own is an excellent non-fiction book for teenage girls. Virginia Woolf brings the reader along as she strolls the university, (where only men are allowed) contemplates over lunch and finally breaks the rules and heads to the men-only university library. Along the way she debates the loss society has taken in limiting a group of its members, compares literary works of men writing on women's subjects, discusses the difference having a little money can make, and imagines the loss to the literary world if Shakespeare had a sister.

    In today's fast paced world it's easy to take the simple things for granted and forget the time, not so long ago, when something as simple as quiet-time and one's own personal space were difficult to come by. Stepping back in time with Virginia Woolf and witnessing the struggle and thought provoking issues she brings to light is an important written moment left behind for girls and women to always remember to take time for themselves and find a quiet corner in a room of one's own.

    We are lucky enough to have groups such as Gutenberg Press and Adelaide who have captured and logged amazing books that are now free to the public and Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own is one of them. Below is a link to a free online version of the entire book:

 A Room of One's Own