Fanny Fern is an identity Sarah Willis formed after her brother, a publisher, rejected her writing and even encouraged others to do the same. He believed her writing was radical and inconsiderate, little did he know she wrote pieces that genuinely thrive in the average woman’s mind, even today. On July 10, 1858, Fern wrote ‘A Law More Nice than Just’ untangling the unfairness of the household. She writes:
“Think of the married women who stay at home after their day’s toil is done, waiting wearily for their thoughtless, truant husbands, when they might be taking the much needed independent walk in trousers, which custom forbids to petticoats… What a fool I was not to think of it- to remember that men who make the laws, make them to meet all these little emergencies.” (Fern, 1858).
This passage caught my eye mostly because of the last sentence, reading “[the] men who make the laws, make them to meet all these little emergencies.” Fern illustrates, not only a strong minded woman, but a unjustifiable government. A government who denies/creates rights depending on whether it will benefit them or not.
Fern’s life may have contributed plenty to her writing styles. She had an awful brother who disregarded her articles, refused to move in with her family after the death of a husband and chose to raise 3 children through low-paying jobs. Her self-reliant attitude was something she wanted to see in other woman, making me proud to write about her today in 2016.
Image Cred: http://www.historyandwomen.com/2012/04/woman-and-pants.html