Month: June 2018

In the Beginning, There Was Enheduanna, Sumerian(2285-2250 B.C.E.) by Michelle Barthel Kratts

When I write, I often think of the first women who were daring enough to write. Over the years so many things have been forbidden—most disturbingly, the freedom of expression. Yet one woman found herself crafting words into poetry and commanding the course of history. Enheduanna, whom authors and poets may call “grandmother,” lived at the beginning of recorded history in the kingdom of ancient Sumeria. She is credited as the world’s first known author. Enheduanna translates as: “En” (Chief Priestess); “hedu” (ornament); “Ana” (of heaven) or as “En-Priestess, wife of the god Nanna.”  It is possible that she...

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Virginia Woolf and A Room of One’s Own (First published in London, 1929)

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) a writer, intellectual and feminist wrote, in her seminal book, A Room of One’s Own: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” (4). These words were originally delivered in a talk she was asked to give in 1928 about women and fiction. In the journey of this small book, Woolf allows us into her thought process as she ponders what to say about this topic. She goes to the banks of a river across from “Oxbridge,” a fictionalized version of the renowned Oxford, a place to...

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