‘Woman’s New Era’ – Andrew Bax

Before reading any of the pieces in this magazine, it is important to understand the context in which this feminist magazine was written. It was a time where women, not only in the United States, but the world, were treated as vastly inferior to men. It was written 6 years before women were given the right to vote here in the United States, and Great Britain was going through a similar transition to enlightenment.

Francis Grierson wrote this particular argument in the magazine. She was very thorough, clear, and concise. Most of the diction that she used was very strong and pointed. At one point, she refers to the women’s movement as a “cyclone” that “pays no more heed to opposing opinions”, which, in itself, really epitomizes the whole argument that Grierson brings about with this piece. She uses the words ‘economic’ ‘social’ ‘political’ and ‘religious’ frequently, not just to show the ways in which she sees the women’s movement changing the world, but it is also to rally the reader to her cause.


3 thoughts on “‘Woman’s New Era’ – Andrew Bax

  1. Andrew, I am really glad you brought that up. It is important to acknowledge the era in which this magazine was written in order for the readers to have a better interpretation of the content in it. I also agree with you in the sense that the piece written by Francis Grierson ”Woman’s New Era” made a very clear and strong point.

    I personally liked the part when she talks about the five great movements of history at the time and she refers to four of them as social, economical and political but then she refers to this ”new era” as the awakening of women being a spiritual movement which clearly tells us about her strong feelings about this topic. Overall, I think the words used by Francis Grierson in this article really convey the message she was trying to express and engage the reader in a profound way.

  2. I also think that Francis Grierson’s “Mind and Movements (Woman’s New Era)” is very essential to this publication. I think Grierson’s retelling of the history of the feminist movement is very interesting, in that it starts very early on with the story of Mrs. Eddy. Although it might lose some readers at ideas of “psychic illumination”, the ideas she brings to the table about cycles of change and the need to be enlightened and not merely have rights are thought provoking. I also agree with the two previous posters that the time period is essential to understand the reading. With the explanations given in the original post, it really increases the meaningfulness of the article, being pre-women’s voting and still telling of years of history of the feminist movement.

  3. I agree, the fact that the first paragraph made very clear that the author considers the feminist movement is on par with the movement to abolish slavery is very important for setting the tone of the article. However I found it equally as important that just as quickly the author makes the distinction that this is not a social or economic movement it is a spiritual one. It seems like the tone that was set with that distinction opens up a lot of room for phrases like “psychic illumination”

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