Author: Maria Dintino

Gloria Naylor: Redirecting the Spotlight, American(1950-2016) By Maria Dintino

It seems Gloria Naylor had a serious knack for transformation. She illuminated the potential and strength in entities deemed by others unimportant, hopeless and out of reach. Take Brewster Place, the central setting in her first novel, a run down, isolated housing project, blocked from the rest of the thriving city by a solid brick wall. In this first novel, Women of Brewster Place, Gloria traces the lives of seven black women who end up calling Brewster Place home, women “whose support of one another enables them to survive despite crushing poverty and personal tragedy”(Perry 217). Gloria Naylor transforms...

Read More

Margaret Fuller’s Manifesto, 1845, American (1810-1850)by Maria Dintino

Never heard of Margaret Fuller? You’re not alone. In 1855, five years after her untimely death, famed English novelist George Eliot noted in The Leader that Margaret’s book Woman in the Nineteenth Century had been “unduly thrust into the background.” The first work of American feminism should not have been thrust into the background and it’s beyond time to bring the work and its writer back to light. Sarah Margaret Fuller was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1810. Her father Timothy Fuller, disappointed his first child was a girl, decided to educate her as a boy. Despite knowing she would not be allowed entry into...

Read More

JOIN NOW FOR “NASTY” UPDATES, One post per week in your inbox about a #nastywoman who is inspiring us to write about them.