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Shaw and FeminismsOn Stage and Off$
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D. A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042435

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042435.001.0001

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Shaw's Women in the World

Shaw's Women in the World

(p.177) 10 Shaw's Women in the World
Shaw and Feminisms

John M. McInerney

University Press of Florida

The outspoken and sometimes outrageous women in Shaw's plays confront challenges that foreshadow issues facing women today. Western women seeking public leadership positions are, in effect, improvising a new role for women against a historical tradition of narrowly defined gender performance. McInerney suggests, however, that such women could find effective role models in the sometimes eerily prescient female characters Shaw scripted in his plays. McInerney examines several of Shaw's female leaders and compares them to several contemporary female public figures, finding significant correspondences in their leadership ethos and methods.

Keywords:   Bernard Shaw, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey, Sherry Lansing

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