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To continue with our look at women in feminism and the arts we will now turn to Marilyn French who was an academic, philosopher and American author.
The early years of Marilyn French
Marilyn French was born in 1929 and died in 2009. She received her Ph.d at Hofstra University is a private, nonsectarian institution of higher learning located in the Village of Hempstead, New York, United States, about 7 miles (11 km) east of New York City. She taught there as an English instructor from 1964 - 1968. Then she became an assistant professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1972 to 1976.
Marilyn French and feminism
Marilyn maintained that oppression was a way to keep women down in a globally male dominated world. One of her first non-fiction works, Beyond Power: On Women, Men and Morals (1985), is an historical examination of the effects of patriarchy on the world.”
The Women’s room explores feminism through the lives of certain women. The quote by Val a character in the book states, “All men are rapists.” It has often been mistaken to be Marilyn French’s position on the subject.
However, Marilyn French did want to change the world into a feminist world rather than a man’s world. She once said it was her goal in life.
From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women, published by The Feminist Press in 2002 which was one of her latest works, provided a history of the oppression of women. It also pointed out how excluding women from important historical events denied us of our identity; past, present, and future.
Because of women like Marilyn French, we now have a history, an identity, and we can take our rightful place in this world.
Marilyn French died of heart failure at the age of 79.