Essay on Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History
The novel, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, by Laurel Ulrich is about women who never intended to make history but did in different ways. History is usually always revolved around men, and not many mention about the women who have helped in creating history. Through the early modern era women showed progress in making the United States a better place. With writers and activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Christine de Pizan and Virginia Woolf, the contributions from these individuals they influenced others with bettering our country with different movements that have changed the view of what we see today and what we could have seen if these women did not take any action.
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Christine de Pizan started her writing journey by “using her skills in penmanship to work as a scribe and copyist” then over time becoming a writer. She wrote the book The City of Ladies to prove others her point where not only because she is a women but a scholar too, why should she be considered less of a person. Her writing also raises the issues like violence against women. In her book, she refers to the “classical mythology [where] Amazons [who were] female warriors who fought against the Greeks in the Trojan War.” She makes note of good Amazons and bad Amazons, like the Joan of Arc and Elizabeth I who fought against men and the social order. Ulrich mentions that in the last thirty years the “Amazons have inspired archaeologists, historians, poets, scriptwriters, feminist activists, and pencil-trotting travelers” and which all started with Pizan making a note of that in her own book. This shows how these people have been recognized but still Pizan is still rarely known and under all their successes.
Virginia Woolf being the third women mentioned in this novel by Ulrich; her story is based on the book she wrote called Orlando. Woolf’s writing journey started when she moved with her brother and sister in the Bloomsbury district of London and became a