200 Years of Jane Austen – A Feminist Ahead of Her Time

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Today, the 18th of July, 2017, marks 200 years of the passing away of Jane Austen. A literary genius who died an unremarkable death, much like the life she’d been known to live. To our great fortune, however, her work lived on to become the epitome of what is known as classic literature. Yet, what I most admire her for is being a feminist way ahead of her time. She was a woman who had to give up her education because her father could only afford to send her brothers to school, she self-educated herself by hounding the library. In an age where girls were fine-tuned to grow up and become genteel ladies, she wrote stories of female rebellion, debauchery and violence as a wee teenager. In an England where the sole mission of a woman’s life was to snag a good husband, she turned down a marriage proposal…

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  1. In some ways and in some cultures, female’s are still living in those 200 year old circumstances, sometimes our world is a sad place

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  2. [ Smiles ] I am heading on over now.

    Thank you for the update!

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