In 1922 T.S. Eliot wrote that work written by women was unworthy of publication.

1959 Norman Mailer said he could “sniff out the ink of a woman.”

2011 V.S. Naipaul declared “the world views of women were too narrow and sentimental to produce quality work.”

Why is it that women’s literature is considered second tier? Why is it that 4 out of 5 men read books from male authors while women read books of all kinds?

(Historical narrative coming soon)

Revolutionary Feminists

Lucy Terry Prince
– Poet and activist.
A persuasive orator, Prince successfully negotiated a land case before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1790s. She was the first woman to argue before the high court. She argued against two of the leading lawyers in the state (one of whom later became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Vermont) and won her case against the false land claims of Colonel Eli Bronson. Samuel Chase the presiding justice of the Court, said that her argument was better than he had heard from any Vermont lawyer.

Octavia E. Butler, in full Octavia Estelle Butler, (born June 22, 1947, PasadenaCalifornia, U.S.—died February 24, 2006, Seattle, Washington), African American author chiefly noted for her science fiction novels about future societies and superhuman powers. They are noteworthy for their unique synthesis of science fiction, mysticism, mythology, and African American spiritualism.