Could you relate these quotes to the story The Yellow Wallpaper or to the story I Stand Here Ironing? HELP!!!"A woman could not be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively...

Could you relate these quotes to the story The Yellow Wallpaper or to the story I Stand Here Ironing? HELP!!!

"A woman could not be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view" Henrik Ibsen 

"Woman are leaders everywhere you look-from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the house wife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down wall and deft stereotypes" Nancy Pelosi

"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult" Melinda Gates 

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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They fit quite well with "Ironing" more so than with "Wallpaper".

In I stand here Ironing, we have the stories of two women, a mother and a daughter, who went through extremely trying times. The mother had nothing going in her favor: Her husband left, there was no welfare system to support her if she is not formally divorced, WWII was looming in close proximity, and the Great Depression had hit hard into the American psyche more as strongly as it did with its economy.

The daughter was also a victim of circumstances:  A sickly child, she endured abandonement with her mother, then got sick with chicken pox and remained scarred from a young age both physically and emotionally. School was no fun for her, and she clearly was needy of many things her mom simply could not provide for lack of time. Still both women strongly supported each other, despite of the frustrations. Emily, the daughter, would perform for her mom skits to make her laugh as they were alone in the midst of the War. The mother, who had to take night jobs and extra jobs to support the family, still found a way to be with her daughter during the day to avoid having to have a babysitter. They managed. That is the key word.

Hence, the quotes you cited above certainly speak about women of steel just like Emily and her mother. Women who have been considered like second class citizens during the most trying of times and yet, they managed to make do of what they could, confront it, and fight it.

Contrarily, The Yellow Wallpaper shows an unfortunate situation in which a woman is actually ostracized, isolated, and left to her own devices. She was a victim of her husband, her doctor, society, and the rest of her family. She ended up in total despair, and melted down to circumstances: She could not make it. And it was all society's fault. So, the phrases you quoted above do not go at all with this latter character.

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