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Is that a woman or a man?

February 11, 2018

“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life...” in Middlemarch.

 

So said George Eliot. Which rings even more true to me, since George was actually a 'Georgina', or Mary Ann Evans to be correct. That she had to hide behind a male pen name, to be able to publish ideas of sense, says to me different things about the men and women of her time. And I wouldn't call myself a feminist (I really don't like the word). Did she have to use a male name because women weren't considered good writers? And is that because they didn't write well or because they weren't encouraged to write well?

 

And the point she was making? To put it more simply - which is the idea behind WriteWords - a lot of stuff that often matters in the daily events of life may well go unrecognised.

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