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#NastyWomenWriters–A Voice that Echoes in My Body: The Prose and Poetry of Adrienne Rich, by Theresa C. Dintino

A Voice that Echoes in My Body The Prose and Poetry of Adrienne Rich American, 1929-2012 by Theresa C. Dintino   Of all the lines written in the English language, the ones that have inspired, moved and meant the most to me are the ones penned by Adrienne Rich. My worn and tattered copy of The Dream of a Common Language, read, loved and turned to so many times, continues to be my favorite book to take off the shelf and revisit. Occasionally, when I remember (or hear as a whisper in my ear) one of the lines from a poem printed in it, my body fills with excitement and deep memory or what...

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#NastyWomanWriters: Trotula of Salerno by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomanWriters: Trotula of Salerno, 11th century, Salerno, Italia by Theresa C. Dintino Because there are many women who have numerous diverse illnesses—some of them almost fatal—and because they are also ashamed to reveal and tell their distress to any man… to assist women, I intend to write of how to help their secret maladies so that one woman may aid another in her illness and not divulge her secrets. ~Trotula of Salerno, 11th century Italy. Trotula was one of the most famous physicians of her time. Her work was devoted to alleviating the suffering of women. Trotula taught at the...

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#NastyWomenWriters: Margaret Fuller’s Manifesto, by Maria Dintino

Margaret Fuller’s Manifesto, 1845 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...

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#NastyWomenWriters: Simone de Beauvoir Wrote the Story of My Life, Michelle Barthel Kratts

  My awakening occurred the week of my birthday in 1984. I had just turned thirteen. Thirteen is a magical year for girls of many cultures. It is the year we “come of age.” There are rituals and ceremonies marking the “rite of passage.” Generations back, it is possible that some of our grandmothers may have even been married at this same tender age. For me, during the week of my thirteenth birthday, everything changed after I stepped into a little book shop on Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada—when I discovered the works of Simone de Beauvoir. Learn more about the...

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#NastyWomenWriters: Jane Eyre’s Righteous Anger, Charlotte Brontë –1847

Jane Eyre’s Righteous Anger, Charlotte Brontë –1847 Theresa C. Dintino Jane is Plain. Jane is fiery. Jane is passionate. She is outspoken. She will not be controlled. Jane is powerful and articulate but most of all, Jane is angry. Brontë’s character, Jane Eyre, was criticized as unchristian, vulgar, and unfeminine. Jane rails against her position in life—an orphaned, moneyless woman in Victorian England—feeling her lack of options unjust and unfair. Jane thinks thoughts women in the 1840s were not supposed to think. Thoughts like: I am equal. I wish to be treated as equal. Learn more...

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