“[L]adies are only admitted to the library if accompanied by a Fellow of the College or furnished with a letter of introduction.”

woolfPurely by coincidence, I was reading Virginia Woolf”s A Room of One’s Own during the week that the first woman became the presumptive nominee for a major political party in the U.S.  In 1928, when Woolf gave a series of lectures on “Women and Fiction,” she described the differences in access to resources – including libraries, formal education, time, money, and “a room of one’s own” – for women and men. She made a case for equality that is as relevant today – sadly — as it was 88 years ago. For context on the existence of barriers, I highly recommend this work.

Virginia Woolf,  A Room of One’s Own (Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., 1989), 8.

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