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Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

Created: 02/09/16

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davinamw

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Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

The book tells the stories of a number of women trying to find out how to survive and how to exist in the world. Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?


Posted Feb. 15, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
karenrn

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RE: Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

No I don't think women have to choose between money and love like Tanya did. I think most women expect to find a job and provide for themselves. I think its easier to be independent now then it was in 1910.


Posted Feb. 18, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
amberb

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RE: Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

Good question!

I think that female artists are still struggling for recognition - as evidenced by recent award complaints of prizes going mostly to white men, though women are starting to stand up for themselves more (see: http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/las-she-screen-series-showcases-movies-and-tv-shows-with-female-protagonists-20160216).
And I think artists regardless of gender will always struggle a bit to earn money from their craft until their work becomes appreciated and desired.

Regarding Tanya's story, I think that there are expectations that come with money... and expectations that others have for us, period! And in the West, most women certainly have a say in whom they marry, and have more freedom to choose a career. So while a woman may not face her exact situation today, she might face a similar one. And in certain parts of the world, a woman might face a similar situation much more often than we realize!

As for Yvette - yes - definitely! Though again, strides are being made, women have always been objectified... and born into poverty. Violence against women such as Maud has been taking place since forever. I was watching a March 2015 Ted Talk this morning that reminded me of just how serious this issue is...
http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_haugen_the_hidden_reason_for_poverty_the_world_needs_to_address_now.


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JLPen77

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RE: Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

There is no longer a barrier to women working, or studying art, or most other professions, that is true... in the sense, it isn't seen as "beyond the pale." But that has more to do with what's happened to our economic system. I agree with amberb, women are still struggling for recognition as artists, even as writers, still struggling to be taken seriously, and still struggling with social expectations that make it harder to follow a career without experiencing conflicts men don't face, for the most part, unless they choose to participate equally in raising a family. And poor women, or women of color in America, or women in less-developed nations. very little has changed for them.

I liked how each of these women, coming from such a different socioeconomic level (and nationality), managed to develop a close relationship. Though I suspect back then, and now, this is closer to fantasy than reality.


Posted Feb. 21, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorothyl

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RE: Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

Times are very different today but women still have problems that men don't. I think, in general, women are always more concerned about other people's expectations for them but fortunately, they are stronger than women 100 years ago. They also have had role models to make them stronger.


Posted Feb. 23, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jeannewny

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RE: Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

Women still have a ways to go before they are treated fairly. We can become Drs., lawyers and enter other professions that were taboo years ago but we are often still not paid what men make.


Posted Feb. 27, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Marcia S

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RE: Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

I think women have so many options open to them now that weren't available to them even 50 years ago. The women in the story did not have many options and had much more to overcome. They didn't have the examples of successful women that we do now. They were also in a society where they were considered "less than" men.


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jodig

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RE: Do you feel women are facing the same problems as Maud, Tanya and Yvette today?

I don't think women are facing all of the same problems today that Maud, Tanya and Yvette faced in the book. While obviously things have improved for women in the last 100 years there are still issues women face in society and in the workplace that men do not face.


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