The “Woman’s New Era” is about a great women’s movement. Author Francis Grierson uses many strong, commanding illustrations to describe this movement. Grierson opens with the illustration; “Five great moments have vivified the page of history… and the awakening of women after a slumber of three thousand years.” Here Grierson is arguing that an unprecedented movement is upon us.
Key words that indicate the significance of this physical change are spiritual, cycle, and movement. These third words are the foundation of the article as they are used repeatedly to emphasis it’s importance. Spirituality is referring to the religion of this movement. The spirit is powerful and alive and present. Grierson argues, “the first four movements had their rise in something social, economic, and political; the awakening of women was spiritual.” Cycle is used to classify and break the era’s in more recognizable parts. For instance, it’s straightforwardness is candid in the second paragraph, “cycles of centuries elapsed between Deborah’s song of triumph and the burning of Joan of Arc at the stake, and another cycle elapsed between the Orleans tragedy and the proclamation declaring Queen Victoria Empress of India.” The word movement is alluding to a change of position for all women. It’s eminent in the introduction sentence how this “movement” will vivify the pages of history and nothing will be the same because of this movement. Grierson argues this belief throughout with powerful intent.