• Montse DomínguezMunllonch

Books that every entrepreneur women have to read. "A shared room" by Virginia Wolf.⁠

Updated: Oct 4

Books that every entrepreneur women have to read. A shared room.⁠ ⁠ A room of one's own" is, without any doubt, one of the key works of #feminism, as is its author, Virginia Wolf, one of its references . ⁠

It is an essay published in October 24, 1929 that collects a series of lectures Woolf conducted the previous year at Newnham College and Girton College, two female universities at Cambridge University. The manuscript was first called "Women and Fiction", a title that is quite appropriate if we consider that the essays speak of the presence of #women in literature and that the author does this analysis through precise fiction.⁠ ⁠ The #book begs a question: can a woman dedicate herself to writing, under the same conditions as a man, in a society where women have systematically had their rights denied and in which they have been relegated to house and family care? and leaving for them, men, everything related to work, intellect and creation. Can she?⁠ ⁠ Woolf responds to this question with a phrase that has become one of every feminist's favourite #quote: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” The room of one's own, the autonomy of #freedom, not having to worry exclusively about the house, the children. The #respect and #recognition that gives that #autonomy and the solvency of having a partially settled life, money.⁠

Virginia Woolf lived today, taking into account her taste for irony, her exquisite way of reinventing concepts, her infinite descriptive capacity, delving into the characters to make them known to you ... if she lived today she would definitely lead the ideology of the Feminist Movement and I want to think that she would dare to take it a step further. The reading of "A room of one's own" shows the reality of 1929 that is not far from that of ours in 2019. However, in honor of Virginia and so many others who suffered invisibility, lack of recognition and contempt throughout history , it is up to us in this generation to go further and using the phrase of Sonia Guerra, politician and historian specialized in Gender "now it is up to us, from our own room, to find the shared one", to foster empowerment and sorority to make us one, stronger, More prepared to fight to change the patriarchal system that imposes unfair limits on us, and as Virginia Woolf wrote in the book we speak about,

“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

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