The Novel Of Room Nineteen By Doris Lessing Essay

1103 Words Dec 12th, 2014 5 Pages
In 1963, Lessing’s wrote “To Room Nineteen” in which she explores a time between two phases of Feminism in America and Britain. Through her character Susan Rawlings, Lessing explores the struggle that many females had in a search for identity and self outside of the domestic sphere. Susan’s struggle to abandon intelligence and to establish her own identity and independence threatens both her family and sanity.
In the novel Susan Rowling lived at a time when women’s roles were primarily domestic. The late 1800s through early 1900s was a time were many Americans were marrying, and with marriage comes kids. In the 1800s, the average women birthed about six kids because there was no such thing as birth control at that time (Depaulo). Women at this time also never had the right to vote. The First Wave of the Feminist movement refers to a period that focused on suffrage of women and opportunities for them. It was only until 1920 when they ratified the constitution of the 19th amendment (Perkins,1) . In 1960, the world of women was very limited in every aspect from family life to the workplace. The feminist movement of the 1960s and 70’s was focused on ridding the workplace of inequality. The large part of the success of the feminist movement was driven by War World II were women were “forced” in a way to work the jobs of the men that were away fighting in the war. This was one way in the right direction for the Feminist movement because it was showing how women could do the…

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