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The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
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Aug 04, 09

Read in November, 2008

I love court room dramas. This is NOT a courtroom drama. It is so much more. This is an eye-opening novel of the lack of women's rights in the Victorian era - especially once they have married. (They essentially forfeited all rights to property, children & self to their husbands). Fido Faithful is a wonderful character who is true to herself, who is strong & intelligent but at the same time so naive.

I was fascinated to follow Fido and the others fighting for "the Cause". So interesting to see their baby steps that started the path that has lead to today. From getting women allowed to write the entrance exams to university (not admittance) & allowing women to work for pay to where we are in the present (women not only attending university but teaching there and women in influential positions of power). It is also interesting to see how many Victorian perceptions still linger today.
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