How do Cofer's obstacles in becoming a writer relate with Virginia Woolf's struggles in writing?Cofer mentions Woolf many times throughout the novel. She assigns her female latina class an...

How do Cofer's obstacles in becoming a writer relate with Virginia Woolf's struggles in writing?

Cofer mentions Woolf many times throughout the novel. She assigns her female latina class an assignment to find "a room of their own". What kind of struggles does Cofer face in becoming a literary "artist"? Possibly surrounding being a woman of color....

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In the book "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf discusses the hardships she faces as a woman writer in a male-dominated society. Woolf talks about how financial pressure and family obligations made it difficult for her to invest the necessary time and money into own writing career. Cofer empathizes with Woolf. She too has found it difficult to establish herself as a writer. As a young person, Cofer moved around a lot with her family. She was expected to help the family by earning money and taking care of her siblings. This took time and energy away from her writing. Later, Cofer found it difficult to publish her works. In the world of publishing, social connections are important. Cofer calls these connections a component of "social capital," something she didn't have much of as a woman of color. However, despite these difficulties, both Woolf and Cofer became successful and influential writers.
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