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A Room of One’s Own

Amy Gahyun Lee

Mar 31, 2019

Virginia Woolf, one of the leading intellectuals and writers throughout the history, asserted that ‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.’ This statement may seem vulgar and unconcealed; however, it shows her practical mindset that women should be financially independent to express themselves freely in their own language. For women who do not have these basic conditions guaranteed, it is truly difficult for them to even start anything in their lives.


There was once a time as the stories of women were not even part of the art history. The reason for this long history of rejection was not due to the lack of quality and value of women’s works but due to the deficiency of equality in opportunity. For Woolf, owning her room means having a fair opportunity to start writing like her fellow male writers. As we can infer from a title of her book, A Room of One’s Own, Woolf believed that women can only become independent beings as they become physically and financially free from men. As she wrote in the book, women are as equally adventurous, imaginative, and even capable for anything as men.


This has been always like that throughout the human history.


“She was as adventurous, as imaginative, as eager to see the world as he was. But she was not sent to school."