SHE-LOGY: Today is WORLD BOOK DAY, as celebrated in the UK and Ireland. Also known as World Book and Copyright Day, and commonly celebrated every April 23rd, it is an event organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
She-logy honors the day with a feature of my favorite heroines from classic literature, all written by female authors. Who are your favorite female fictional characters? I’m already excited to read about some of the guest bloggers writing about their favorite female authors.
JO. She is Josephine Charlotte March of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. What I like most about her: willful, loves to read, became a writer.
LIZZY. She is Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. What I like most about her: quick-witted, opinionated for a girl in her time, and has a no-nonsense character which is admirable given the characters of the women in her home (save for Jane, perhaps).
JANE. She is the title character of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. What I like most about her: independent, principled, and a survivor.
WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON: They are heroines who “decide” their love story. They all refused earlier marriage proposals. And when they finally marry, it is for the right reason (love) and it is to a man who view them as equal.
Jo became a professional writer before she married Professor Bhaer. Lizzy disputed first with Mr Darcy’s judgments of her and her family. Jane became financially independent (after inheriting her own money) before considering a marriage with Rochester.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.