The New Freewoman-William G.


The advertisement for the Fifth International Summer School,  attempts to persuade the reader to join a lecture series whose goal is to “create the ideal human life”. The advertisement breaks its argument down into five sections of reasoning for why the readers should come to the summer school. The five reasons include; philosophy, science, religion, social service and art. The inclusion of these words attempts to persuade the reader that the summer school would cover a broad base of topics, thus expanding the value. Art stood out the most of all of these terms.


One of the questions stated in the article that was going to be addressed at the lectures was whether “there are permanent laws in Art?”  This is an especially profound question to ask the readers of a feminist magazine. Art has followed very definable trends and spontaneous evolution in style, with the previous generation of artist and art resisting the advancement of the form. In the same way the feminist movement was ready to change the rules of the game, but they were experience the resistance  of the old laws. The combination of words which portray value and questions which appeal to the audience of the magazine the author attempts to persuade the reader to attend the fifth international Summer School.


2 thoughts on “The New Freewoman-William G.

  1. I agree that they put a strong emphasis on art. This section in the ad covered many more topics than the other sections in the ad. Worth noting is that each section has specific questions that suggest what they will cover in each section. Much like how you found the question of “Are there permanent laws in Art?” very profound, I found that the question of “Is it possible for man to to make any original research into Life itself?” to be very profound as well. It almost seems as if most of the questions have something to with philosophy, even though it is only mentioned in one section. It appears to be the building block for the other sections in this ad.

  2. I would have to agree with the original post in that the advertisement poses questions about whether or not there are laws in art. This makes people want to come to the lecture to find all the answers to the questions. This tactic of just asking questions is very effective because the reader doesn’t know the answer right off the bat and it isn’t something that could be looked up in a library easily. Another important question that was posed was whether or not art can fuse agriculture, commerce, government, and education bodies. This was a very important question in 1913 because the industrial revolution was already past and it was still fairly new. People were still creating things and making new weapons to be specific. World War 1 was right around the corner. Both World Wars were important in furthering feminism because the women had to take the men’s jobs when they went away to war. This is why this advertisement was relevant in 1913.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s