Three feminist literary icons everyone should know

Inspired the International Women’s day; here are three women everyone should know. These women are from different times and nationalities, have had their own fights by standing for their beliefs, and have accomplished so much for the feminist movement!

Simone de Beuvoir

First  is Simone de Beauvoir, a woman who wrote about social theories and her view in politics in the 20 century. Born in 1908 and died in 1986, she lived to see the first feminist movements and revolutionary changes in the world for women. The interesting thing about this feminist was that she never wanted to marry and have a family with children as she focused on her career, something that at her time was unusual; still, she did what made her the happiest something that requires bravery and courage.

The books she wrote always created a lot of controversy and opinions of the public due to her powerful beliefs. The most known book was “The Second Sex” published in two volumes; Facts and Myths and Lived Experience. Existentialism is the main topic discussed where Simone evaluates the treatment of women throughout the past and present. “The Second Sex” is considered to be one of the most exceptional work of feminism and philosophy, which ignited the second-wave of feminism. It received so much criticism that even the Vatican placed it on the “List of Prohibited Books.” I read the whole book in two days and I completely recommend it to anyone! It has become one of my personal favorites of all time. 

Sylvia Plath

Another incredible woman that I learned about was Sylvia Plath. She was an American novelist and short-story writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932. Although she felt the need to conform to society, which led her to have some mental health problems, she refused to fall into another stereotypical woman. She studied unlike many women and got a job.She then dedicated herself to writing poems and her most praised book, “The Bell jar,” which is a semi-autobiographical novel first published in January 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas and then later released under her real name shortly after her death.

Sylvia Plath utilized the novel to highlight the issue of women in the workforce during the 1950s, which resulted in lots of criticism because of the hard and direct opinions she had. I admire how she firmly believed in the abilities of women to be what they decided to be, even when society forced most women to fulfill secretarial roles.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The last, more contemporary author that I praise is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Who is a Nigerian author of multiple novels (both short stories and nonfiction) such as “Purple Hibiscus” and the essay “We should all be Feminists.” Through her books, she conveys her thoughts about feminism and gender equality. Her pieces of writing are always portrayed as the definition of feminism in this century.

Without her novel, many people would not have believed themselves feminist; she was the one three years ago to help me fully understand what a feminist meant. The Ted Talk she did explaining what feminism is for her is one of the best ones there is.

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