The Woman Question: Rights, the Vote, Education, Health
In order for Gertrude Stein to become an author, she had to make a great journey: she had to change from being a woman who led a largely private life to one leading — at least in part — a public one. The dichotomy of public and private in the consideration of women’s lives reflected the same kind of ideology as the concept of the separation of spheres. Just as women were to live cordoned off from the real business of running the United States, watching their male relations — fathers, brothers, or spouses — mix it up in finance, trade, and professional life, they were also expected to show that watchful public world a blank visage. Woman was allowed to be a personality in private, but her public self was to be so bland as to be indistinguishable from others of her sex.
KeywordsNineteenth Century Black Woman Typhoid Fever Puerperal Fever Woman Writer
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