The New Wom A Cultural And A Political Phenomenon Essay

1471 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Inevitably, the 2016 fall semester came around and I found myself seated in a course known as WOMS336. At the start of this course, I was introduced to the “New Woman”, a term unfamiliar to me prior to this class. As a group, we engaged in lively conversation regarding the “New Woman” and what she means in terms of class, race, journalism, photography, and more throughout this semester. I was, of course, intrigued by the concept of the “New Woman”, her role in history and what she meant to not only our society today, but to myself as an individual. Having a particular interest in history, I was captivated learning about women in history instead of men, which was all too common. Examining the “New Woman” as both a cultural and a political phenomenon, I now see history in a way I had not before. Many documents we read and discussed had to do with conflicting views of many people at the turn-of-the-century, which allowed me to develop my own perspective on what it meant to be a “New Woman”. Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker, did not write in the era of the “New Woman” but rather the twenty-first century. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was not able to put it down throughout the short week it took me to finish it. However, I found the storyline to be rather predictable with a beautiful peasant being fought over by two men, one rich and one poor. Aside from that, I believe Alcott gave a wonderful account of a “New Woman” in 1912 with a fairly historically accurate twist…

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