For John, BLUF: I suspect strong women come from encouraging Fathers. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Yesterday my blog post was about a Daily Mail article on feminism in the Victorian Era. After I published it I thought of novelist and defender of Christianity, Ms Dorothy L Sayers, who was born in the Victorian era, in 1893. She finished up Oxford before women could get degrees from that august institution.♠ She had a child out of wedlock, and provided for him.♥ She wrote mystery novels and Christian polemics and associated with the likes of C S Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. She translated The Divine Comedy.♦
It isn't easy being a strong woman, at any time. Then it isn't easy being a strong man. There is a lot of "go along to get along' in this world. Look at how the war crimes at Haditha, Iraq. On the other hand, you do have your Molly Pitchers down through history. By the way, Ms Pitcher is my nominee to replace President Andrew Jackson on the Double Sawbuck.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Interestingly, to me, Dwight David Eisenhower, and other West Point Graduates of his era, did not receive degrees. That started in the 1920s. On the other hand, probably no degree could beat being a member of the class the stars fell on.
♥ Reminds one of Dorothy Day. Like Dorothy Day, Dorothy L Sayers was a Distributionist.
♦ I read the three volumes during my tour at Korat RTAFB and thought them great.