The New Freewoman and “Women”

Emily Steward, Mason Bodily, and Lauren Keterson

Which word did you search, and why did you pick it?

Woman, because it seemed appropriate with the journal.

2. What kinds of pieces were recalled by your word search? Give a handful of pieces long with title, author, publication date, genre (i.e. poetry, essay, fiction).

“The Eclipse of Woman: II.—Kings and Queens.” Published in July 1st, 1913. written by F.R.A.I. Essay

“Correspondance” July 15th, 1913, Note to the editor. W.R.B

3. How was the usage of the word similar and dissimilar from that in the June 15, 1913 issue? Use one or two of the pieces you found as brief examples.

The strength and conviction vary from usage to usage as the word “woman” is extremely broad in this context.

4. did you find what you expected? why or why not?

We were expecting to find some really general things and a lot of them. Yes, we did, because the entire magazine is about women and there is a lot of information on them. We found that the definition of women differs for everyone.

5. Now pick one genre and search the word within it. Identify two or three pieces by title, author, publication date. Do you find any more or less similarity in usage of the word within a single genre?

In “Claims of Women” there was an opposing view, that was not from a woman’s perspective, which we found dissimilar from the rest of what we found, especially in “The Eclipse of Women” where women are empowering each other through the strength of similarity and unity.

6. Since we most recently worked with the Stolen Time Archive, how would you connect that project with your experience of The New Freewoman today?

Much of what is written in The New Freewoman can be portrayed as satirical or an observation about modern social issues. Just like The Stolen Time Archive, it points to flaws in culture.

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