Wollstonecraft, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman"
Studds Terkel interviews a handful of women in "Working", a testament to the time where women were less welcome in the workplace. Their jobs are all low in skill and put them in a position to serve a man. Wollstonecraft, who came decades before these women, preaches for the woman to elevate herself and fight for equality. She sees the second class status the woman has in the world, and she therefore feels like she lives a lesser life. She argues that the woman needs to find purpose in life for herself, and not to serve a man.
John Singer Sargent painted "Madame X" in 1883 and it quickly caused an uproar. Now surely one of his most famous paintings, it was at the time of its creation considered scandalous and ruined his career in Paris. It is a fascinating image of the classical objectification of women, while simultaneously showing a strong, mysterious woman. She looks away from the artist with indifference and stands with an elegant strength. It was a new view of the woman, seeing her as a human with a personality rather than a beautiful Venus figure.