Monday, November 2, 2009
November: Marlene's Post of Awesome
Marlene kicked the month off with this great comment. It's too good to miss, so I'm adding it here as well. Thanks, Marlene!
Thank you, readergirlz, for asking me to be part of this adventure. Encouraging a discussion of the role of young women in life and literature, both historically and in today’s world, is just my cup of tea. With 33 years of teaching experience, some of them at an all girls’ college (yes, I’m that old), I’ve had much opportunity to observe, interact with, and counsel young women. And the changes! Wow! Can you imagine that when I was about twenty-five years old and living in Texas, I was known to my doctor only as Mrs. Gerald Carvell. And five years before that when I became a married woman, I went to a local department store (in New York) to change my name on a charge account and watched as my card was destroyed and then told my husband had to reapply for me.
While conflicts in Sweetgrass Basket are primarily a result of heritage and not necessarily gender-based, Mattie and Sarah’s problems were certainly magnified by being female; they were expected to be submissive, not just because they were those “inferior” Indian children but also because they were young girls . . . and girls in the early 1900s, of any race, were subjected to pressures and expectations that limited their opportunities for personal growth.
So, hopefully we will have an interesting exchange of thoughts and observations. I am traveling this month but I promise I will check in regularly. Let the discussion begin! ~Marlene