Hello everyone, I hope you all doing good. As I am sharing something about the topic women in modern literature, today I want to share about the gender issues and struggles of women for knowledge and liberation. When we discuss these topics, we already have been hearing this for so long. Of course, there is a change because we talk it out and helping women to come out. But in some places like my country India, even today lot of women struggling to get what other women around the world already had. These things in this particular topic I am sharing in my blog is actually a paper I presented in one of the seminars I attended in state level. I just likely want to share these things (my thoughts) to people through my blog. That’s why I’ve taken this step here to talk about it… Most of the books I will be talking are from Indian Literature, which everyone should try. Okay, let’s go.
THE GENDER ISSUES:
The gender issues always take place in every field and places. We could see this in literature itself. In the ancient times, the society strictly limited the literacy for women; the majority of the people who could write were only men. About women writers in the early days, they faced so many problems to even start writing, even after started writing that was not an easy task to publish their work like today’s modern age. Most of the women writers in those days chose pen names to publish their works or as anonymously. Even the most famous 20th-century writer J.K.Rowling has struggled to get her first book“Harry Potter” published. The publisher assumed that the book would not sell well, because boys would not read a book written by a woman. So the editorial team advised her that she should not publish under her real name. She eager for success agreed to write under the name J.K.Rowling. And then the books have sold more copies and won numerous awards in the modern age history. Then she became even the world’s richest author. Probably most of us know her story.
Also, we can see some more like… Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandburg’s “Lean In; Women, work and the will toLead” deals mainly with the gender issues in the workplace. It gives a practical experience and some advice too. Also, we can deliberately see the gender problems in Virginia wolf’s “A Room of One’s Own”. She emphasizes the fact of inequality in her society. Through her characters and narration, we could see how society systematically discriminates against women. Virginiainvents the tragic figure to prove that a woman as talented as a man could never have achieved such success.
But when we come to today’s fact. It’s really good to see how things are changed. All over the world, there are lots of women came out and started writing. It’s amazing to see the growth of literature with both genders. Even in countries like India from Asian countries, we can see numerous women writers are emerging out and some already produced their masterpieces. I always ponder about the words of Manju Kapur’s. How a woman from a conservative family could write that bold like….men always do. Equality can be achieved step by step if we take the necessary step. For that, I hope would help everyone to understand women, their current needs and stage.
THE STRUGGLES FOR KNOWLEDGE AND LIBERATION:
Throughout many decades women have been struggling for everything in our society. And education is an important one in that. The lack of educational access for women should not be viewed as a problem worldwide. Women of 21stcentury face daily, uneducated life and bearing the burden. The mind of women should be cultivated for the sake of humanity. In the book “I am Malala” written by the young girl Malala Yousufzai, we can see the struggles what the particular society’s girls and women were facing to gain knowledge. This book vividly explains everything about how they were stopped to gain knowledge by the name of religion and culture in Pakistan. It has received a positive critical reception and won awards, though it has been banned in many schools in Pakistan. The theme is about the struggle and power of women education.
And, Rama Mehta’s “Inside the Haveli”, as a modern classic, it portrays the perfect situation of an independent young woman’s struggle to hold on to her identity in a traditional world. Geeta, the protagonist fights to maintain the modern values that she always lived by. And it shows how Geeta struggled to educate the servant girl in her palace and tried to change the tradition through her own daughter. In, Manju Kapoor’s “Difficult Daughter”, it portrays the injustice done to the women in the name of taboos, religion, honesty, and morality. The protagonist Virmati and her mother Kasturi’s life taught a lesson for modern women. Virmati, a typical Indian girl as an elder daughter and saving the prestige of her family, on the other hand, her desire to education and the trap of illicit affair. Her commitment to education and family was outstripped by her commitments to her love with a professor. Nowadays women’s state has some changes through the continuous struggles. Female education is the first step towards progress.