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Woolf states that a woman needs a room of her own and money to write better.

To
prove her point, she begins to explore the womens difficulties. This suggests that A Room of
Ones own is more a critique of women than a call to make women more aware of their rights
and responsibilities.

Woolf mentions that women could not receive formal education because they were
occupied with their domestic responsibilities. There was no privacy (room) for them to
cultivate their mind. Since their roles are only to bear children and raise them, they could not
make their own money. Even if they are able to somehow produce money, the patriarchal law
does not allow them to keep it. Without any money, they could not provide education towards
their own sex. This vicious cycle leads to womens poverty and hinders their progress in
education.

Besides that, men view women as inferior. They need to feel women are inferior to
make themselves feel superior. While men grow wealthier and more powerful, women
become more inferior. Despite the significant changes in her society whereby women can
finally vote, she still feels money is more important. Receiving money from her aunt, she can
feel herself being equal to men. She no longer needs to be dependent on men to support her
and able to free herself from the menial tasks. Money gives her the freedom to do whatever
she pleases. Her personal experience shows what money can do. Thus, the importance of
having money is emphasized.

Trying to figure out the financial problems women have, Woolf turns to history.
Lacking proof, she creates a fictional character, Judith Shakespeare. Compared to her brother
William, she was not given the privilege thus her talent for writing went unnoticed. Women
faced a harsher environment during the Elizabethan era. No school for girls and getting
married was their fate. It was impossible for them to have a room of their own especially to
nurture their own creativity. To have a room of your own would mean you have power and
women were powerless during that era. This results in the long tradition which women could
not express themselves creatively.

Bringing us readers to a more modernised society, whereby womens condition are


getting better, Woolf feel their writings are lacking something. Either the emotions hamper
the work or the sentences were awkward. Woolf criticizes womens inability to write because
of their emotions. The grudge and anger towards men thwarts the integrity of their work.
Moreover, instead of using their own sentence, they used a mans sentence in their work.
Because of the lack of tradition and no sentence available for women to use, womens
writings could not keep up with mens writings.

To conclude, the narrator provides ample examples of her assessment towards women.
Hence, Woolf sheds the plight of women which necessitate womens needs to own her room
and money. This in turn indirectly results in a call to make women more aware of their rights
and responsibilities.