"Poor Jane's Almanac"
Margaret Fuller's "The Great Lawsuit"
Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall
Poor Jane's Almanac
• Could there be a self made woman?
• Options for women:
o Governess (fewer in America)
• Was she a success?
o Success for a woman is seen when being a good mother
o Does Jane do this?
Can self-reliance and self-making be an option for women and what are
some difficulties facing women?
• Closest thing we have to a feminist theorist at this time in the
• In some ways Miranda is like her own story
o Her father educated her in an unusual way; she was never
limited in opportunity thanks to this education
o Became a school teacher early and started her political
o Organzied women to allow them to talk about serious things
like philosophy and politics, etc.
▪ Similar to salons in France, but exclusively for women
▪ Really believed that the female soul was not being
spoken to or acknowledged
• Gets hired by the Chicago Tribune and becomes one of the first
• Writes her book
o Inspires the feminist movement and Susan B Anthony
• Implying the question of do the inalienable rights apply to
o Makes the point that for most women they don’t have such
liberties readily available to them
• Compares women's position to slavery
o Could be problematic, but she makes the claim that people
are against slavery but ignore the issues facing women • Arbitrary barriers she speaks of
o Women are the gender that feels; men are the gender that
o "Let them be sea captains"
o Brought up by her father to be educated and have serious
thoughts and conversations (not a plaything, but a living
o Lucky she was not raised like most women, but most women
COULD be raised this way and can find their place in the
o You need to be ruled from the inside (inside yourself) not
from the ou