Edna St. Vincent Millay's literary works reflected the social, political, and economic changes taking place during the 1920's. She represented 'the new woman' an educated female who was not ashamed of her sexuality, believed that her political views had merit, and was able to support herself financially. Although her work reflects these new modernist attitudes, the reader cannot help but feel her competing definitions of 'woman'. Millay's work reflects the dilemma faced by women in the 1920's, will their new emancipation undermine their femininty. Poems such as 'Recuerdo' and 'MacDougal Street' are filled with social commentary regarding sexual freedom. In her work entitled 'Justice Denied in Massachusetts' Millay gives nothing short of political commentary. There is no doubt that Edna St. Vincent Millay's bohemian Greenwich Village, N.Y.C. mindset reflected the social and political substance of her writing.