Are Women Human?
Introduction by Mary McDermott Shideler
One of the first women to graduate from Oxford University, Dorothy Sayers pursued her goals whether or not what she wanted to do was ordinarily understood to be "feminine." Sayers did not devote a great deal of time to talking or writing about feminism, but she did explicitly address the issue of women's role in society in the two classic essays collected here.
Central to Sayers's reflections is the conviction that both men and women are first of all human beings and must be regarded as essentially much more alike than different. We are to be true not so much to our sex as to our humanity. The proper role of both men and women, in her view, is to find the work for which they are suited and to do it.
Though written several decades ago, these essays still offer in Sayers's piquant style a sensible and conciliatory approach to ongoing gender issues.
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Review: Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in SocietyUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
What Sayers has to say on feminism, decades after she wrote these two essays, is still worth reading today. A witty and elegant writer, Sayers has a marvelous way of cutting through nonsense. If any ... Read full review
Review: Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in SocietyUser Review - Erin Henry - Goodreads
Wow! I wish I could memorize this entire essay and repeat it whenever anyone asks why I am a feminist. Read full review
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