Friday, March 27, 2015

In Praise of The Anonymous Woman

By Sarah Reichert

“For much of history, Anonymous was a woman.”--Virginia Woolf

March is Women’s History month and so I’m dedicating this post to the unsung authoress. 

Somehow the tide changed from humans worshiping the fertile and womanly Goddess of prehistoric times to trying to pigeonhole her into skinny jeans. I believe that moment stole the undeniable right of women as equally valuable members of the species and plunged us into an era where women were forced to hide behind masculine names to be taken seriously as writers, scientists, and philosophers. How many great stories and ideas did we lose as a society because women were kept behind their parasols?  I shudder to think. 

Being an artist of any kind is hard.  Writer’s work, should they choose to present it to the world, is always under scrutiny and critique.  But when your work could be thrown out of consideration just because you were born plus or minus a few body parts, it makes the fight even harder.

Both genders contribute to humanity through their thoughts, actions, and ideas.  But for too long, women’s contributions were, and sometimes still are, set aside or ignored completely.  Where would we be without the feminine voice in literature?  Where would we be without Mary Anne Evans, or Alice Bradley Sheldon?

I honor all of the wonderful, intelligent, creative and strong women who came before me. Those who pushed at the gates of the literary and scientific worlds, yelled at the height of their voices, and demanded to be treated as human beings, with thoughts that mattered and lives that counted.

Today, LeAnn Thieman will be speaking at the Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference.  She is a strong writer, an accomplished humanitarian, a vibrant speaker, and a woman.  I look forward to meeting her and learning how she's fought to bring her own ideas and passions into the world.  

Women thrive, like weeds in the cracks of hot sidewalks.  We are life.  We will always find a way to push through and make our voices heard.

Who are some of your favorite female writers?  Mine include Edith Wharton, Jean M. Auel, Robin McKinley, Charlotte Bronte, Connie Willis, Anne McCaffery, Anita Diamant, Jane Austen, Madeleine D’Engle, L.M. Montgomery, Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling, and many, many others….

For more information on the conference happening today and Leann Thieman, please check out the links below.


Lynn said...

Damn straight! Thanks for arousing the fight in me this morning. I'm inspired by so many female writers like Anne Lamott, Jane Austen, Annie Proulx,Alexandra Fuller, Laura Pritchett, Jeanette Walls... I could go on forever.

Jenny said...

Great lists, both of you! I'll add Agatha Christie, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Roach, Patricia Highsmith, Ann Patchett, Tina Fey...

Kelly Baugh said...

Great post! Too many women to even list but my all time favorites are Willa Cather, Flannery O'Conner, and Charlotte Bronte.

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