I’m back to “isms” today. This time it’s Feminism. I recently read several articles that I consider thought-provoking and would like to share with you.
Melinda Gates wrote an article for TIME MAGAZINE entitled “Why Poverty Is Sexist.” It appeared in the
March 28, 2016 issue. She observes that women
are more likely to be impoverished and less likely to get an education and most
especially if they are born into poverty. She comments that the potential for
many women goes unrealized and unrecognized. Perhaps that is one reason why in
fiction those of us who have the opportunity should be creating positive role
models for women. Our heroines should be people who inspire other women to
achieve and overcome obstacles.
Another interesting article appears in the
June 6, 2016 issue of TIME. “The Writer Who
Helped Disney Heroines Find Their Inner Feminist” by Eliza Berman is about
screenwriter Linda Woolverton who has scripted a number of successful films for
Disney, among them: “Beauty and the Beast.” Woolverton’s vision was of a modern
princess, not a passive one, who is more at home in a library than in front of
a mirror. Her viewpoint is that girls are empowered by role models. She depicts
girls and women in non-stereotypical roles.
Re-invention of women’s roles in society via fiction is one way to make an impact. I also believe as a writer in creating strong women characters. For instance, Mary MacGreggor in THE KILLING LAND is no passive princess. She faces adversity with strength of character and resourcefulness.
The same can be said for Kim Reynolds in THE BAD WIFE, a woman determined to save her man by discovering the identity of a murderer even though it places her own life in jeopardy.
Cassandra Lowry, heroine of nontraditional Gothic novel DARK MOON RISING, acts to remove a family curse that has been killing off male members of a great family for centuries.
The role of women in society will need further re-invention and definition as long as women worldwide are treated as second and third class third world citizens. Fiction writers of today have the opportunity to help liberate future generations of women. We may have come a long way, baby, but we still have a lot further to go.
Your comments welcome!