A Room of One's Own/Three Guineas Author:Virginia Woolf In 1928, Virginia Woolf delivered two college lectures which were expanded and published in 1929 as A Room of One's Own. Why is it, Woolf asks, that men have always had power, influence, wealth and fame while women have had nothing but children? There will be female Shakespeares in the future, Woolf argues, only if women are provided with the tw... more »o basics of freedom: a fixed income of 500 pounds per year, and a room of one's own in which to write.
Three Guineas, a sequel to A Room of One's Own, was written in 1938 after Virginia Woolf received three separate requests for a guinea--one for a women's college building fund, one for a society promoting the employment of professional women, and one to help prevent war and "protect culture and intellectual liberty." Three Guineas, whose working title was "On Being Despised," is Woolf's answer to these requests as she examines the causes and points out that they are inseparable. Read together, a Room of One's Own and Three Guineas sound a powerful call for the intellectual and spiritual liberation of women.« less