Alcott: ‘Not The Little Woman You Thought She Was’

Though many readers associate Alcott with the sweetness of Little Women, Reisen tells NPR‘s Linda Wertheimer, Alcott’s legacy — and Jo March’s, too — is really about the empowerment of women and girls around the world.

“You don’t grow up to walk two steps behind your husband when you’ve met Jo March,” says one Alcott fan.

In the time since Little Women was published in 1868, Reisen says she believes a countless number of women have — as Alcott put it — “resolved to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.”

Listen here to the NPR interview


2 Responses to “Alcott: ‘Not The Little Woman You Thought She Was’”
  1. Sadia Rumman Mitil says:

    Yeah, I think it’s
    clear from the
    book Jo March
    firmly believe in women’s lib and
    that makes her more special to me

  2. Beverly Enoch says:

    I admire the way that Louisa and her sisters acted and felt against the wrong of slavery and strongly stood up for all woman. Just imagine of being black AND a woman!!!

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