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Woolf's purpose in writing A Room of One's Own is to push back against male writers who claimed that women were born intellectually inferior to men. When women would assert female equality with men, saying that they too should have the right to attend universities, get degrees, and participate in...

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Woolf's purpose in writing A Room of One's Own is to push back against male writers who claimed that women were born intellectually inferior to men. When women would assert female equality with men, saying that they too should have the right to attend universities, get degrees, and participate in the university-educated work force, men would claim that women should not, because they simply were not as smart as men. One basis of the claim was the vast amount of good literature written by men and the very little produced by women.

Woolf argues in this long essay that it is not innate intellectual inferiority that has caused women to produce comparatively little great literature. Instead, she makes a convincing case for economics. Women have not produced at the same rate as men because they have lacked fundamental physical privileges, such as a private space to write. She points to Jane Austen having to write in a dining room and cover up her novels when people entered this shared space. She compares the poverty and want at women's colleges to the wealth and privilege at men's colleges. All of these factors, she argues, put obstacles in the path of women's achievement. Give women equal resources, she contends, and they will produce works of equal greatness in equal volumes. History has proven her correct: when women get the right resources, they accomplish as much as men do. However, in the late 1920s, that was still a fact to be established.

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Woolf's purpose in A Room of One's Own is to explore the reasons why women are underrepresented in writing as a creative art.  The "room" that she describes is a metaphor for the "space" to which women do not have access that holds them back from participation in writing.  Woolf explores the sociopolitical and domestic landscapes of her time to show the restrictions placed on women barring them from access to writing as a creative art.  Few women writers at the time were able to move past these barriers and often their movement was the result of sheer luck and circumstance.  Woolf's main idea then is that these boundaries preventing women's participation in writing need to be deconstructed, allowing each women who desires to write "a room of [her] own."

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