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The Women's Room by Marilyn French
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Jul 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: drama-fiction, fiction
Read in January, 1977

I was 18 years old and just starting college when this book was published. That is when I read it. I was taking a course in cultural anthropology and my professor, a lesbian who was a strong feminist, had become something of a role model for me because I wanted to earn a doctorate myself though not in her field. I heard from so many males that they all knew we were there to earn our MRS degree and nothing more. As I read this book and examined how completely it rang true, I was so enraged, my professor noticed and started spending time talking with me about how women had been been treated throughout history, the changes women were now making, and the hardships we faced fighting for our rights.

I recommend this book to both women and men to see what things were like even in the late 20th century and what the fight for equal rights has been like. Even now, women are second class citizens in many cultures and our own does not always care about women as it should. Read this for yourself. Read it for your mother, your sister, your daughters. Read it for all the women who have come before you on the path and for those who will come after. We will never go back.
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Mary Ronan Drew You express well the feelings many of us had at the time, Terri, and how powerful this book was for us.

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