Virgina Woolf was an inspiring author for women’s rights activists and people pushing towards equality in education for women during the early 1900s. Her voice is strong and aggressive, encouraging women to take control of their futures as well as their daughter and granddaughter’s future. Her essay “A Room of One’s Own” is a good representation of how far we have come to assimilating ourselves into a world where producing educated men was more important than creating educated women. Woolf focuses on the differences between how women and men were treated in schools during the times of gender inequality.
Woolf turns her writing prompt, women and fiction, into an argumentative essay that begins by exploring the meaning of the prompt and ends in arguing that there was no point to be made but an opinion. Her opinion that “a woman must have money and a room of one’s own to write fiction” guides her essay in describing a woman’s struggle in the world of education. She describes how hard it was to get to the point at which women’s education was at during that time, “what force was behind the plain china off which we dined?… Committees met. Envelopes were addressed… Meetings were held; letters were read out; so-and-so has promised so much; Mr —- wont give a penny”, gathering money to support the cause of women’s education was rare because it was such a controversial topic at the time. But once enough was gathered to support the cause she includes a quote from R. Strachey’s The Cause, “Every penny which could be scraped together was set aside for building, and the amenities had to be postponed”. Including this in Mary Seton’s address on money leaves hope for the progress to be made in furthering equality amongst men and women’s education. Woolf’s aggressive and strongly motivated writing inspires women to fight for their own rights and independence.