Susan Anderson 1881.
It was challenging for Victorian women to write political poetry. Women had to make sure their employment matched expectations of what was acceptable for a woman and a home in order to avoid judgment. As a result, subjects that were revolutionary or subversive had to be carefully balanced with cultural norms of feminine commentary or completely avoided. Men did in fact edit women's work, which increased the requirement for uniformity and the censoring of defensive statements. This is not to argue that women of the era did not express political views in their poems ; rather, it is to suggest that the need to fit in made it much harder for them to pursue political goals. Despite this challenge, many detractors praise the political discourse developed during the time by women.
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