In terms of dramatic structure, what is the resolution in A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf?

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Virgina Woolf tries to dispel the belief in women's lack of literary prowess in A Room of One's Own by emphasizing previously ignored reasons for just such a poor record, historically. She is aware that she is addressing, in her lectures, women who, whilst educated, are still restricted by their position in society; women who may have strong opinions of their own but are wary, especially of those men who vehemently protect their superior intellect and believe in their biological ascendancy. 

To ensure that these women do not switch off to her assertions, Woolf uses humor in her descriptions and does not attempt to lay blame but rather explain logically why women have written about women's issues or bored men and women with their stories in the past.  Jane Austen and Emily Bronte are amongst the few female writers who rose above "that persistent voice, now grumbling, now patronizing, now domineering, now grieved, now shocked, now angry, now avuncular, that voice which cannot let women alone" (ch 4) and produced amazing work as a result.

By way of resolution, if proof is required to authenticate Woolf's "opinion," then, allowing a woman a reasonable income - five hundred pounds a year, such as Woolf herself received from a late aunt- and a lock on the door on her own room, will doubtless inspire much great writing. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” (Ch 4)

To resolve the issues that Woolf knows are controversial, she uses a narrator and creates various fictional characters such as they can "prove" her point. To ensure that women are free to write about any subject and are not restricted by fear or overly influenced by their male counterparts requires more time. Answers can only be found "in the twilight of the future." (Ch 5)

To ensure a satisfactory resolution, with hope for the future, Woolf alludes to progress and the hustle and bustle of life and a hope that men and women will go forward together. "Give her another hundred years" and, having ensured her room and her income, " let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in." (ch 5)